[Blackstudies-l] the 1619 Project: "Slavery and the American Revolution: A Historical Dialogue"

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Sat Feb 22 09:15:41 EST 2020


The 1619 Project

Slavery and the American Revolution:
A Historical Dialogue

What inspired the American Revolution? Was it a fight to secure freedom for
all or bondage for some? Did the Patriots struggle for liberty or property?
How should contemporary Americans regard the causes, character and legacy
of the war that led to the nation’s founding? In recent months, some
questions about the role of slavery in the American Revolution have been at
the center of a raging debate triggered by The New York Times Magazine’s
1619 Project. To dig more deeply into the history of this period, The Times
has convened an evening of informed discussion with leading scholars of the
era, historians with a range of views who have done primary research on the
Revolutionary Era and slavery in early America and will speak to the
evidence and source material underlying the debate.

Arguments about the nation’s founding are nothing new. Almost since the
moment the first bullets flew, 250 years ago in March 1770, debates about
the causes of the Revolution have proliferated. Every decade since,
Americans’ understanding of the war has been deepened by new sources and
new historical scholarship. Today in an age of disinformation and
propaganda, it is critical to understand not only our history, but our
historiography, the complex and contentious ways that American historians
have built on the work of their predecessors, revising and clarifying the
story of our nation’s past.

Join us on March 6, 2020, for a spirited conversation with historians whose
original research has helped us understand the complicated moment that gave
birth to our republic.

The panelists are:

*Annette Gordon-Reed *

Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History and Professor of
History, Harvard University

*Eliga Gould *

Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

*Gerald Horne *

Moores Professor of History and African American Studies, University of

*Alan Taylor*

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair, Department of History, University of

*Karin Wulf, Moderator*

Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History &
Culture and Professor of History, College of William & Mary
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