Susannah Hopson is a third year PhD candidate at the University of Hull. Her research makes a comparative study of three Native American Massacre Sites from 1863 until the present day in order to test the limitations of collective memory in the American context. She reveals memory as a deeply culturally specific process that does not always gel with the hegemonic discourse imposed by settler communities.

The Bear River Massacre: Multiple Memories and Cultural Contradictions

Throughout November 2015, U.S. Studies Online will be publishing a series of posts to mark Native American Heritage Month. In the second post, Susannah Hopson (University of Hull) discusses the problem of memory and memorialization in her research on Native American massacre sites. Continue reading

America’s Bloody Past: Massacre, Memory and Native American History

On a bitterly cold morning in November 1864, the windswept plains of South-eastern Colorado were the scene of a brutal and bloody massacre. Seven hundred Cheyenne and Arapaho woke with the rising sun to the distant thud of hooves heading to their village. The women cried out: “The buffalo are… Continue reading