Join California Humanities as we delve into the ideas behind the Red Power movement, the occupation of Alcatraz Island, and its lasting influence on Native American legislation, California and the national stage.
Dr. Kent Blansett is a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant from the Blanket, Panther, and Smith families. He is the Langston Hughes Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and History at the University of Kansas. Dr. Blansett also serves as the founder and executive director for the American Indian Digital History Project. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, including When the Stars Fell from the Sky: The Cherokee Nation and Autonomy during the Civil War and San Francisco, Red Power, and the Emergence of an Indian City.
Dr. William Deverell is an American historian focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth-century American West. He has written works on political, social, ethnic, and environmental history. He is currently working on a book exploring the post-Civil War American West (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). With David Igler of UC Irvine, Professor Deverell recently published the Blackwell Companion to California. With Greg Hise of USC, he edited the recently published Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles. With David Igler, he is co-editing the Encyclopedia of California for UC Press. Dr. Deverell directs the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
Recorded April 2021.
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Through California on the Ballot, California Humanities invites the people of California and beyond to reflect and talk—with journalists, historians, election experts, and more—about the past, present, and future of electoral engagement in California.
California on the Ballot is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their A More Perfect Union initiative and was launched with funding from the Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.