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Ursinus College
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Early America/Native America; American Empire; the history of capitalism and Indian Country; Indian removals; Missionaries, Philanthropy, and Empire
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Lori Daggar specializes in early American and Native American history. Her research locates and follows connections between diverse peoples, locales, and ideas, and this approach enables her to link interests in empire and indigenous histories to problems related to market development, philanthropy, and race in early America.

Daggar’s first book project, under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press as part of its Early American Studies series, traces the development of American empire by looking at the ideas, policies, and consequences of economic development, mission work, and philanthropy in Indian Country at the turn of the nineteenth century. It frames the contested Ohio Country as a case study, and it demonstrates that we should not understand missions and “civilizing” policies simply as tools for “assimilating the Indians.” Instead, it demonstrates that missions were hinges for economic and political development that also offered Native peoples an additional discourse and means to negotiate for power.

Recent Publications


Cultivating Empire: Philanthropy, Profit, and the Negotiation of American Imperialism in Indian Country (under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press, Early American Studies series).


“‘A Damnd Rebelious Race’: The U.S. Civilization Plan and Native Authority,” in Ignacio Gallup-Diaz and Geoffrey Plank, eds., Quakers and American Indians (under contract, Brill Press).

“The Mission Complex: Economic Development, ‘Civilization’ and Empire in the Early Republic.” Journal of the Early Republic. Vol. 36, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 476-491.


“Indigenous History and Imperial America: American Indian History Today and Tomorrow,” Reviews in American History, Vol. 45, No. 3 (September 2017): 378-383.


John Reda, From Furs to Farms: The Transformation of the Mississippi Valley, 1762-1825, in production, Journal of the Early Republic.

Michael Leroy Oberg, Professional Indian: The American Odyssey of Eleazer Williams. Ethnohistory, Vol. 63, No. 4 (October 2016): 754-755.

Review of Fixico, Donald, Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos, and Reality. H-AmIndian, H-Net Reviews. January, 2015.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
North America and U.S.
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Race