Public Program- Nathaniel Philbrick

Lectures and Performances
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 7:30pm

Last Stand at the Little Bighorn: A Centennial Catastrophe
By Nathaniel Philbrick

The Last Stand book cover

Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat. Mythologized as Custer’s Last Stand, the June 1876 battle has been equated with other famous last stands, from the Spartans’ defeat at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo. In this lecture based on his latest book The Last Stand (2010), bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick details how the news of Custer's defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn affected our national identity and how the epic battle in Montana was a defeat for Sitting Bull and his people, as well as George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry.

Photo by Mike Hill

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (2006), which was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. Philbrick is also the author of the acclaimed international bestseller In the Heart of the Sea (2000), which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. Among the other books he has written are Sea of Glory: The Epic South Seas Expedition, 1838-42 (2006); Revenge of the Whale (2002), an account of the Essex disaster for young readers; and The Mayflower and the Pilgrims: New World: The Story of Plymouth Colony for Young Readers (2008). He is founding director of the Egan Maritime Institute on Nantucket Island and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. A champion sailboat racer, he has also written extensively about sailing.

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