Retracing the steps of Native Americans


According to his students at Middle Georgia State University, Matthew Jennings talks funny. Having grown up in a Chicago suburb, his Midwestern brogue makes sense despite his definite Southern sensibility. He was enamored with Macon on his first visit, in 2000, and thrilled that the college hired him upon completion of his doctoral degree at the University of Illinois in 2007.

Jennings has immersed himself in early Southern history, particularly that pertaining to Native Americans and African-Americans. Beginning in 2011, with his first “Images of America” series, “New Worlds of Violence: Cultures and Conquests in the Early American Southeast,” he has chronicled the struggles and accomplishments of two cultures marginalized by circumstances beyond their control.

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