The June 2012 special edition of the American Review of Canadian Studies focuses on new voices in Canadian Studies, specifically the graduate students of the CONNECT Program (sponsored by the Center for the Study of Canada, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh). Wendi Lindquist, History, contributed an article, “Death and Rise of the State: Criminal Courts, Indian Executions, and Early Pacific Northwest Governments.”
Wendi’s article “explores the connections between the process of state formation and the earliest executions of Native peoples in the Pacific Northwest at the crucial historical moment when the contested territory of Cascadia was emerging as part of the British colonies of North America and the American republic. Focusing on the late 1840s and early 1850s, she concludes that nascent governments in the Pacific Northwest rushed to establish the supremacy of the Anglo-American legal tradition” (Introduction). Wendi is a doctoral candidate in History. Her area of study is the 18th and 19th century North American West, particularly the Pacific Northwest. Her dissertation examines native and newcomer death practices in the region that now comprises the western parts of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. American Review of Canadian Studies is a refereed, multidiscipline, quarterly journal. Published by the American Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, American Review of Canadian Studies examines Canada and the Canadian point of view from an American perspective.