The Readex-sponsored breakfast presentation continues to be a must-attend event during the American Library Association Annual Conference. In a post-event survey, participants said:
“Always one of the highlights of attending ALA.”
“The Readex breakfast is the highlight of my conference every year.”
“Thanks for not shying away from possibly controversial topics. The speakers are always good.”
On Sunday, June 24 in New Orleans, Prof. Stephen Aron—a leading authority on the American frontier—presented an alternative history of the Louisiana Territory in a fascinating talk titled “When Indians and Americans Got Along.”
Aron, professor of history and Robert N. Burr Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles, described a period of U.S. history in which Americans and Indians found common ground—at least for a time. He emphasized that the alternative history he describes actually happened, unlike “alternate history”—a genre of fiction in which one or more historical events have a different outcome from what really occurred.
Aron is currently writing a book with the working title Can We All Get Along: An Alternative History of the American West. Throughout his research, Aron has drawn on digital primary documents, including those in Readex collections:
View the full presentation.