Dec. 6: Nancy Shoemaker presents "Pursuing Respectability in the Cannibal Isles"

December 3, 2013

For the semester's final meeting of the 19th Century US History Workshop—Friday, December 6th, at 2pm—we welcome Nancy Shoemaker, professor of history at University of Connecticut and presently a NEH Long-term Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Shoemaker has written and edited pathbreaking volumes in American Indian history, and has recently been investigating Native American participation in the New England whaling industry. This work has led to a more general study of cross-cultural encounters in the Pacific, and a new book project entitled "Pursuing Respectability in the Cannibal Isles: Americans in Nineteenth-Century Fiji."

For our discussion, Shoemaker has provided excerpts from preliminary chapters. Please write to for the paper.

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