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February Tuesday

Book Talk: Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

Overview

Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists.

Jackson, assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, examines the political and social tensions preceding the American Civil War and the conditions that led some black abolitionists to believe that slavery might only be abolished by violence.

Presented in connection with the final weeks of the exhibition Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom.

Detail

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6:30 pm

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  • General Admission $5
  • Member Admission Free
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Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

Conversation Catalyst

In Force and Freedom, Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. Through rousing public speeches, the bourgeoning black press, and the formation of militia groups, black abolitionist leaders mobilized their communities, compelled national action, and drew international attention. Drawing on the precedent and pathos of the American and Haitian Revolutions, African American abolitionists used violence as a political language and a means of provoking social change. Through tactical violence, argues Carter Jackson, black abolitionist leaders accomplished what white nonviolent abolitionists could not: creating the conditions that necessitated the Civil War.

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    Kellie Carter Jackson

    Kellie Carter Jackson is a 19th century historian in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. Her upcoming book, Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence, examines the conditions that led some black abolitionists to believe slavery might only be abolished by violent force.