You are hereBack to top
MEET THE AUTHOR
MEET ANDREW LAWLER
'SECRET TOKEN: Myth, Obsession and the search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke'
Like Robert E. Lee or Pocahontas, Virginia Dare is as much mythical as she is historical. The first English child born in the New World, she is famous for vanishing along with the other 115 colonists at Roanoke Island who made up England’s first attempt at settling the New World. Less well known than her disappearance, though, is her persistence as a potent symbol of white supremacy. Unlikely as it may seem, the story of this innocent child, about whom we know little more than a name and date of birth, provides a surprising window into the origin of our current national anxieties about race, gender and immigration.
****TALK WILL START AT 10:30, FOLLOWED BY Q&A