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The Imperialist Roots of the U.S.A.

Mon October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

John Carbutt, photographer. Westward, the Monarch Capital Makes Its Way. 1866. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Manu Karuka

Assistant Professor of American Studies, Barnard College

Historian Manu Karuka (Department of American Studies at Barnard College) will explore the foundations of the U.S. in settler colonialism and slavery, tracing the evolution of U.S. imperialism through wars to control land and labor, from the conquest of North America to expansion into the Caribbean and the Pacific by the close of the nineteenth century. Karuka will offer a definition of imperialism and explore its centrality to understanding and overcoming the major crises of our moment.

Manu Karuka
Manu Karuka

Manu Karuka is the author of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press). He is assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College, and a co-editor of 1804 Books.

Recommended Reading

W.E.B. Du Bois, “The African Roots of War,” The Atlantic, May 1915.

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Confronting Empire

The Feinberg Series

The 2022-2023 Feinberg Series is exploring histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance. It is presented by the UMass Amherst Department of History in collaboration with the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy and in partnership with more than two dozen co-sponsors. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass Amherst history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.


Mon October 3
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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UMass Amherst Feinberg Series
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