Black History Month 2021 Book Talk

DateFebruary 23, 2021
Time3:30 - 4:30 pm
LocationZoom Webinar
DescriptionJoin us for a conversation with Professor Kellie Carter Jackson (Wellesley College), author of Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (University of Pennsylvania Press). This webinar will be moderated by Professor Ronald Angelo Johnson (Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History, Baylor University). Space is limited so please be sure to register!

In her award-winning book Force and Freedom, Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical focus on the tactical use of violence among antebellum Black activists. Through the formation of militia groups, Black abolitionist leaders mobilized their communities and compelled national action. Drawing on the precedent of the American and Haitian Revolution, African American abolitionists used violence as a political language. Force and Freedom takes readers beyond the romanticism of the Underground Railroad to explore the agonizing strategies of Black abolitionists who instigated monumental social change.

Kellie Carter Jackson is the Knafel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She is the author of Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (UPenn Press, 2019). In 2019, Force and Freedom received the SHEAR Best First Book Prize and was a finalist for the for the 2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. Carter Jackson is also co-editor of Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, & Memory. Her essays have been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, Transition Magazine, The Conversation, Black Perspectives, and Quartz.

This webinar is presented by the Baylor University Department of History and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR).
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