What would you do if the U.S. government ordered you to move, to leave the community and land your family had lived on and cultivated, venerated and cherished for generations? Go meekly or resist? The Sauk leader whose land lay in the Rock Island region, north of the Rock River, chose the latter course when the government ordered him and his people to evacuate to the west side of the Mississippi. Scholar Kerry Trask has written a thoughtful, sensitive, and dramatic book about Black Hawk’s plight, the white authorities’ response to his refusal to go quietly, and indeed the resulting almost two centuries of influence the Black Hawk war has had on the American psyche.
Want to hear more about this intriguing episode in American history? Come to a book discussion of Trask’s book Black Hawk: the Battle for the Heart of America on Wednesday, March 31 at 4:00 in 518 Tredway led by professors Jane Simonsen and Steve Warren.
Even better, attend Dr. Trask’s lecture “Who Was Black Hawk? Who Are We?” on Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall.