Attucks and the Abolition Movement
Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement reflects on how 19th century abolitionists revived Crispus Attucks’s memory in their fight to end slavery. Abolitionists of the era presented Attucks as the first martyr of the Revolution who died fighting for liberty, an image that resonated powerfully in a nation that placed millions of African Americans in bondage despite its stated ideal of freedom. In the conversation, we will place the work of abolitionists into a contemporary setting by reflecting on the obstacles that persist to today when Americans are asked to live up to the founding promises of freedom and liberty for all.
This event is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute.
Christopher Bonner - Assistant Professor for the History Department in the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship.
Kellie Carter Jackson - Knafel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, and the author of Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence.
Natalie Joy - Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University, who has researched connections between Native Americans and abolitionists in the 19th century.
Stephen Kantrowitz - Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889.