Faculty Author Series: Timothy Shannon
Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 by Timothy Shannon
On the eve of the Seven Years' War in North America, the British crown convened the Albany Congress, an Anglo-Iroquois treaty conference, in response to a crisis that threatened imperial expansion. British authorities hoped to address the impending collapse of Indian trade and diplomacy in the northern colonies, a problem exacerbated by uncooperative, resistant colonial governments.
In the first book on the subject in more than 45 years, Timothy Shannon rewrites the historical record on the Albany Congress. Challenging the received wisdom that has equated the Congress and the plan of colonial union it produced with the origins of American independence, Shannon demonstrates the Congress's importance in the wider context of Britain's 18th century Atlantic empire.
Shannon received his doctorate in history from Northwestern University and has been teaching at Gettysburg College since 1996. His research focuses on European-Indian relations in early America. He has appeared on the History Channel as a guest commentator on the films The Patriot, Dances with Wolves, and King Arthur.