John Dickinson Forum: America’s First Civil War?

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John Dickinson Forum: “America’s First Civil War?: Why Loyalists, Islanders, Africans, and Indians Resisted the American Revolution”


The John Dickinson Forum, a JMC partner program, and the ISI Chapter at George Fox University will be hosting JMC fellow Craig Yirush for a lecture on colonial resistance to the American Revolution. In his talk, Yirush will focus on American Loyalists, Islanders, Africans, and Native Americans and their reasons for resistance.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • 7:00 PM
Hoover Building, Room 105 • George Fox University

Free and open to the public

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Craig YirushCraig Yirush is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include the development of political ideas in the early modern British Atlantic, church-state relations in colonial America, the question of Amerindian rights in the first British Empire, and the connection between law and political theory in early modern Europe. He is the author of Settlers, Liberty, and Empire: The Roots of Early American Political Theory, 1675-1775 (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Professor Yirush is a JMC fellow.

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The mission of the John Dickinson Forum for the Study of America’s Founding Principles, a JMC partner program, is to promote thoughtful study, discussion, and debate about America’s founding principles. It hopes to encourage conversations about whether or how these principles are relevant today. The Forum supports a variety of activities including lectures, book/current event discussion groups, and debates. It also partners with other institutions to make programming available to students at other schools and to the general public throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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