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The Long Emancipation, Part 1: How Slavery Ended in the United States

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This study group is built around the long view of how slavery ended in the United States, placing African Americans at the center of this process. The long emancipation recognizes the roles played by multiple generations of committed men and women, both white and black, enslaved and free, who created a movement which spanned over a century from the American Revolution through the adoption of the Constitution's 13th Amendment in 1865. Moreover, the movement they created has provided a template for a host of human rights movements that followed, including the Civil Rights and Women's movements. We will begin by reading the brief, but brilliant The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States (Harvard Press, 2015) by Ira Berlin, which provides an overview and framework for understanding this process as a whole. We will follow this by reading the first part of the more detailed account in The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2017) by Manisha Sinha. In the spring 2022 semester, a study group will be offered that focuses on the remaining parts of The Slave’s Cause.  Participation in both semesters is not required.  

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Hilmon Sorey, Jr.2.Peg Romm3.John Drodow 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/9/2021 - 12/9/2021 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map John Drodow  ; Peg Romm  ; Hilmon Sorey, Jr. 
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