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Study of the American Experience

“The Heart of American Darkness: Savagery, Civility, and Murder on the Eve of the American Revolution”


Date: 5:30pm EDT September 13

A talk by Robert Parkinson, the Starr Center’s 2018-19 Patrick Henry Fellow

Join in welcoming the new Patrick Henry Writing Fellow to Washington College. Parkinson will introduce his work-in-progress, The Heart of American Darkness. The book investigates a 1774 massacre, telling a story of rising empire, of exploitation and cruelty, of a strange river and fertile valley. Parkinson is associate professor of history at Binghamton University and author of *The Common Cause: Race, Nation, and the Consequences of Unity in the American Revolution, which won the James A. Rawley Prize for the best book on U.S. race relations. During his yearlong stay in Chestertown, he will work on the book and teach a Washington College course.

Cosponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House.

*At these events, autographed copies of the book will be available at half the regular cover price for Washington College students.

The Starr Center explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history.