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Does Fort Frontenac disprove Richard White’s Middle Ground?

Erin chats with Scott Berthelette about the history of Fort Frontenac in Kingston, ON to consider the limitations of a popular concept in North American history: The Middle Ground. Proposed in Richard White’s classic 1991 book by the same name, the middle ground explains a process of accommodation between Indigenous peoples and European settlers. The thing is, though, this concept is limited and there are important exceptions to it. In fact, some historians now say that this concept obscures more than it reveals. Scholars like Heidi Bohaker have disproven elements of White’s framework, while others (including Michael McDonnell) have argued that White was simply wrong.


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Historia Nostra is a YouTube based video series considering different approaches to teaching & learning history. 

Written, produced, and created by Erin Isaac, MA. 

In our Experiencing History series, Erin visits museums and heritage sites across North America to review how history is taught on site. In our Doing History series, Erin chats with historians about how they “do history” and about how non-written sources can be used as historical sources. In our Frontier on Film series, historians review period dramas and other historically-based films and shows.