Centre Francophone at Webster University welcomes Tangi Villerbu for a talk (in French) on Nov. 9: "Ste. Geneviève in the heart of the world: Francophones in commerce and industry, 1810-1860 "
It is necessary to renew the history of Sainte-Geneviève and its region by bringing it into the XIXth century and inserting it into the global history. Rather than focusing on the agricultural lands and genealogies of former families, this presentation will turn its attention to trade and industry up to the Civil War, to the families who are driving it and their multiple networks, in order to make at the same time a story of entrepreneurs and consumers: to integrate the heart of the North American continent with the Atlantic dynamics.
Tangi Villerbu teaches at the University of La Rochelle (France). He published "The Conquest of the West. The French account of the American nation in the 19th century" (Rennes, 2007), "Les missions du Minnesota. Catholicism and colonization in the American West, 1830-1860" (Rennes, 2014) and "Western Comic Strip. History of a genre", (Paris, 2015).
Thursday, November 9 at 5:30pm
101 Edgar Road, 63119