What does it mean to locate indigenous women at the center of historical inquiry? In this talk, Rogers argues that centering indigenous women unsettles conventional conceptions of rebellion in early colonial America. In eighteenth-century North America and the Caribbean, indigenous American peoples and diasporic African peoples resisted the dispossession of their lands and bodies through armed uprisings. While such rebellions are often understood in terms of coordinated sabotage, rebellions also occurred on more intimate, individual levels. Analyzing stories of indigenous women accused of murder, Rogers contends that these women are central to the history of uprisings against settler colonial regimes in the colonial Atlantic World. Their stories compel us to reframe rebellion. 

 

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