Sovereignty on a Smaller Scale: John Sutter and the Landscape of Power in the Pacific West

With Rachel St John
Rachel St John
Thu February 2nd 2023, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Event Sponsor
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Stanford Department of History
Lane History Corner, Room 307, Building 200
450 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Admission Information

Free an open to the public. RSVP here.

The Western History Lecture Series presents Rachel St. John Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. St John’s talk, "Sovereignty on a Smaller Scale: John Sutter and the Landscape of Power in the Pacific West" will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and is co-hosted by the Bill Lane Center and the Stanford Department of History. 

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Rachel St. John is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on North American history with a particular emphasis on state formation and nation building in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border, published by Princeton University Press in early 2011. Her current book project, “The Imagined States of America: The Unmanifest History of Nineteenth-century North America,” explores the diverse range of nation-building projects that emerged across the continent in the 19th century. Her Stanford talk will focus on the John Sutter and his attempt to carve out an autonomous enclave in California in the early 1840s in great depth and detail.

We hope you'll join us at the Lane History Corner for a scholarly discussion on a topic of vast importance to the history of the American West. Please RSVP here.