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“That she shall be forever banished from this country”: Alcohol, Sovereignty, and Social Segregation in New Netherland with Erin Kramer

This is a virtual program, presented on Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to SCHS members before the presentation.  Join us for a virtual presentation by Trinity College Professor Erin Kramer discussing her new publication, "That She Shall Be Forever Banished From This Country": Alcohol, Sovereignty, and Social Segregation in New Netherland. Alcohol was a subject of deep concern for Indigenous nations and settler governments in early America, but, though all agreed that the alcohol trade was dangerous, they did not assess the problem or its remedies in the same ways. Kramer will discuss seventeenth-century alcohol ordinances and their enforcement, uncovering the differences between Indigenous and Dutch interpretations of alcohol's destructive effects to community and sovereignty. Erin Kramer is an Assistant Professor of History who teaches courses in early American and Native American history. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. Her current book project looks at Dutch and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) influences on the seventeenth-century development of Albany, New York, as an important center of trade and diplomacy in the northeast borderlands.