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Virtual Author Talk: Nicole Eustace, "Covered with Night"

2022-12-14 12:00:00 2022-12-14 13:00:00 America/New_York Virtual Author Talk: Nicole Eustace, "Covered with Night" Online -

Wednesday, December 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-12-14 12:00:00 2022-12-14 13:00:00 America/New_York Virtual Author Talk: Nicole Eustace, "Covered with Night" Explore early-American history with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace from the comfort of your own home! Visit libraryc.org/plainfieldlibrary to register for this Author Talk and more. Online -

Explore early-American history with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace from the comfort of your own home! Visit libraryc.org/plainfieldlibrary to register for this Author Talk and more.

This is part of our Author Talk series, bringing nationally celebrated and recognized authors to you. To join the next Author Talk from the comfort of your own home, check out https://libraryc.org/plainfieldlibrary, and keep an eye out for future Author Talks at the library!

On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America.

In Covered with Night, Dr. Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. As she shows, the murder of the Indigenous man set the entire mid-Atlantic on edge, with many believing war was imminent. Frantic efforts to resolve the case ignited a dramatic, far-reaching debate between Native American forms of justice—centered on community, forgiveness, and reparations—and an ideology of harsh reprisal, unique to the colonies and based on British law, which called for the killers’ swift execution. As Eustace powerfully contends, the colonial obsession with “civility” belied the reality that the Iroquois, far from being the barbarians of the white imagination, acted under a mantle of sophistication and humanity as they tried to make the land- and power-hungry colonials understand their ways. 

Nicole Eustace is a professor of history at New York University. A historian of the early modern Atlantic and the early United States, she specializes in the history of emotion. She is author of Pulitzer-Prize winning Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, as well as Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution and of 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism as well as coeditor of Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812.

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