‘Unbecoming British? The Place of Post-Colonial Americans in the British Empire’
Fri, January 18, 2013 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities ResearchCenter 3.206
Kariann Yokata UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, DENVER
In the years after the Revolution, Americans celebrated the promise of a glorious future as an independent nation. At the same time they exhibited profound insecurity about their colonial past. In this age of uncertainty, Americansworked tirelessly to maintain asymmetrical relations with their former British patrons. The early American Republic did indeed represent the beginning of a new nation, but the new country also represented the waning of a colonial world.
Kariann Akemi Yokota earned her graduate degrees in American history and Asian-American Studies at UCLA. From 2001-2011 she was Assistant Professor at Yale University. She is now Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her first book, Unbecoming British, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Her current book project is American and European Encounters in the Transpacific World. It examines linkages between the transatlantic and transpacific regions in the early modern period.