William Penn sincerely wanted to deal fairly with the Native American people
who had long lived on the land he called Pennsylvania. The early years of
Penn's colony are remembered by many as the Peaceable Kingdom. For seven
decades, there was relative peace between the colony and Native Americans.
However, William Penn had sowed the seeds of a disaster that his heirs
eventually brought to fruition. Between 1755 and 1783, Pennsylvania and its
Native inhabitants fought each other in three brutal, terroristic wars. Penn's
Peaceable Kingdom became what has been called a slaughterhouse. This
lecture will examine how and why that happened.
– Larry Flatley, J.D.
Corry event to be held at Corry Higher Educational Council (221 N. Center
St, Corry, PA 16407)
Larry Flatley, J.D., grew up on Erie’s east side. He is a graduate of Cathedral Prep, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced law for 38 years at the Pittsburgh-based Law firm, Reed Smith, LLP. Since his retirement, he has studied history through the University of Pittsburgh’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Mr. Flatley has written two articles on 18th century western Pennsylvania history that have been published in the Journal of Erie Studies.