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Historian to Speak on Western Expansion

LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 1, 2013 – A historian with great interest in the 18th- and early 19th-century westward expansion of the United States will speak at VMI on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Andrew Cayton, distinguished professor of history at Miami University, has chosen as his topic, “War and Empire in Trans-Appalachian North America, 1763-1789.” Cayton’s lecture, which is being held in the Turman Room at Preston Library, will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Cayton’s research and writing focus on the struggle for control of the region west of the Appalachian Mountains and the emergence of political and cultural borders within the United States. With Fred Anderson, he is the author of The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000, which was published in 2005. This year, Cayton published a new book, Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818.

Cayton is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s and doctorate in history from Brown University.

Cayton’s talk is open to the public free of charge. This event is sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, and the VMI Department of History.