University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Daniel J. Sharfstein

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Daniel J. Sharfstein is a professor of law and history at Vanderbilt University and is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. His first book, "The Invisible Line: A Secret History of Race in America," won numerous awards, including the J. Anthony Lukas Prize for narrative nonfiction.

"Thunder in the Mountains" recreates the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors. Claiming equal rights for Native Americans, Chief Joseph was determined to find his way to the center of American power and convince the government to acknowledge his people's humanity and capacity for citizenship. Daniel J. Sharfstein's visionary history of the West casts Howard's turn away from civil rights alongside the nation's rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people. The war that Howard and Joseph fought is one that Americans continue to fight today.

For his new book, "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War," he learned how to ride a horse. Born in Boston and raised in Maryland, he lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Scheduled events:
Legacies of Manifest Destiny
Hear stories of westward expansion, including Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull's unlikely friendship; and Chief Joseph and General O.O. Howard as protagonists in the Nez Perce War. Assistive listening devices available.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Daniel Sharfstein, Deanne Stillman
Moderator: Bruce Dinges
Race, Ethnicity and the Civil War
Perspectives on racial and ethnic conflict in the American West during the Civil War era.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andrew Masich, Daniel Sharfstein, Robert Sutton
Moderator: Shelly Dudley

Thunder in the Mountains
History / Biography
W.W. Norton
April 2017
ISBN 9780393239416
384 pages
$29.95, INSTORE
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In 1865 Union Army General Oliver Otis Howard took charge of the Freedmen's Bureau, tasked with helping millions of former slaves become free and equal citizens. More/less

The Invisible Line
History / Biography
Penguin Books
January 2012
ISBN 9780143120636
396 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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A scathing social critique traces the histories of three families from different eras of American history to reveal the nation's racial complexities, describing the black ancestry of elite white families whose progenitors sacrificed promising futures to become integrated. More/less

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