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W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction, and the New History of Emancipation

March 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Join historians Thavolia Glymph, James Oakes, Heather Cox Richardson, and Brian Kelly for “W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction, and the New History of Emancipation,” the opening plenary of the 2018 Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Conference.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Refreshments will be provided.

To attend the full 2018 CLAW Conference, Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, on March 16-18 at the College of Charleston, click here.

About Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph is professor of History at Duke University in the Departments of History and African & African American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women’s Studies. Glymph is a historian of the nineteenth century U.S. South specializing in gender and women’s history, slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. She has published numerous articles and essays and is the author of the prize-winning Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and and Series 1, Volume 3). She is currently completing two book projects, Women at War: Race, Gender, and Power in the American Civil War and African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War. Her next project is entitled “Playing “Dixie” in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878.” Glymph is the recipient of a grant support from the National Institutes of Health for her work on Civil War refugees. She was the 2015 John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School and will hold this appointment again in the Spring 2018 term. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.

About James Oakes

James Oakes, one of the leading historians of nineteenth-century America, has an international reputation for path-breaking scholarship. In a series of influential books and essays, he tackled the history of the United States from the Revolution through the Civil War. His early work focused on the South, examining slavery as an economic and social system that shaped Southern life. His pioneering books include The Ruling Race (1982; 2nd ed., 1998); Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South (1990); The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (2007); and his latest, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865 (2012). The latter two garnered, respectively, the 2008 and 2013 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, an annual award for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln or the American Civil War era. An alumnus of Baruch College, Dr. Oakes holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California–Berkeley. He has been on the faculty of the Graduate Center since 1997 and the holder of the Graduate School Humanities Chair since 1998. Before coming to the Graduate Center, he taught at Princeton and Northwestern Universities.

About Heather Cox Richardson

Professor Richardson teaches nineteenth-century American history at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. Her early work focused on the transformation of political ideology from the Civil War to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. It examined issues of race, economics, westward expansion, and the construction of the concept of an American middle class. Her history of the Republican Party, To Make Men Free (2014) examines the fundamental tensions in American politics from the time of the Northwest Ordinance to the present. She is currently working on an intellectual history of American politics and a graphic treatment of the Reconstruction Era.

About Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is one of three historians in the School of History & Anthropology specialising in the US South. A labour historian with a special interest in race and class relations in the post-Civil War South, his early published work explored the record of interracial cooperation between black and white workers in industrial Birmingham, Alabama. His first book, Race, Class and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, 1908-1921 (Illinois, 2001), won a number of awards, including the Southern Historical Association’s H. L. Mitchell Prize for an outstanding book in Southern working-class history and its Frances Butler Simkins Award for the best first book by an author in Southern history. In the years since he has published widely on the problem of racial antagonism and its impact on working-class politics in the US, with studies that range from labour abolition in the antebellum period through to the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, during which the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Formerly a Walter Hines Page Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, he holds non-residential fellowships at the Institute for Southern Studies (University of South Carolina) and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute (Harvard University).

About Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of South Carolina’s 1868 Constitutional Convention, South Carolina’s multiracial Constitutional Convention that fundamentally changed the state by ushering in legal reforms, provided for public education, expanded the franchise, and promised numerous other rights, the College of Charleston will host a conference entitled “Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World.” In the decades following the 1868 conventions some of those rights guaranteed on paper by the convention would not always be protected or even remembered. https://goo.gl/vGTU75

About Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW)

The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston was established in 1994 to promote scholarship and public engagement with the history and culture of the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. CLAW’s mission is to place Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry region in a broader international context by fostering research and educational outreach that illuminates the ongoing connections and cultural exchange among various Atlantic cultures, societies, and ethnicities in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. http://claw.cofc.edu/



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