Authors To Discuss National Impact Of The Seminole Indian Wars

Feb 3, 2015

by Staff

Drawing attention to its role in slavery and territorial expansion, a lecture on the Seminole Indian Wars, which spanned over 40 years, will be the subject of the next Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College on Feb. 5.

Authors John and Mary Lou Missall will give the lecture, “Voices from the Seminole Wars,” at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room in the Thad Buckner Building at FSC. Sponsored by the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History at FSC, the lecture is free and open to the public.

By providing both moral and military perspectives, the Missalls will discuss this early period of Florida history and analyze its contribution to U.S. history.

The couple is based in Fort Myers, Fla. They are the co-authors and editors of several books including Hollow Victory, the winner of the Patrick D. Smith Award for Best Florida Fiction, and This Torn Land: Poetry of the Second Seminole War.

“John and Mary Lou Missall's vivid portrayal of the Seminole Wars through the poetry, journals, and letters of the actual participants of this tragic conflict offers a poignant reminder of the human cost of warfare," James M. Denham, Professor of History at FSC and Director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History, said. “Those who are interested in the Seminole Indian Wars should absolutely plan to attend their lecture.”

About the lecture series…

The Florida Lecture Series brings speakers to the Florida Southern College campus to explore Florida life and culture from a wide range of disciplines, including history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, literature, and art.