Tennessee celebrates 225 years of statehood this June. In this program, Dr. Chris Magra, professor of early American history at the University of Tennessee, will explore how conflict and compromise brought different people together and made it possible for Tennessee to become the sixteenth state in the Union in 1796. Of course, settlers such as William Blount, Andrew Jackson, and John Sevier had been here since the region was a U.S. territory and the State of Franklin. For the Cherokee, Tanasi is a much older place. The surprising history behind the 1795 constitutional convention that Blount led in Knoxville to start the process for statehood tells us a lot about eastern removals and westward expansion that occurred all over the country in the wake of the American Revolution.
This program will be a hybrid event. We will stream the lecture on Zoom with up to 25 participants attending in person at Blount Mansion Visitors Center. In-person attendees must register in advance by email info@blountmansion. Please give us your name and the number of individuals in your party.
If you would prefer to attend the event virtually, please visit https://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/ to register and receive the Zoom link from Knoxville History Project.