Emancipations, Reconstructions, and Revolutions gathers students of US politics and African-American life to consider collectively not whether but how, when, and with what lasting effects African Americans participated in the politics of the early, ante- and post-bellum republic. It will bring together various historiographical revisions now in process, including the recognition that the American Revolution was a violent civil war shaped in part by slavery and black participation, and that the Civil War and Reconstruction of 1861-1877 typify rather than divide the middle period of American history. The Revolutionary settlement of half-slave and half-free thus defines a first Emancipation and first Reconstruction, part of a single “long” process beginning in the North at the end of the eighteenth century and culminating in the South with the consolidation of the Jim Crow regime in the early twentieth century.
In traveling between New York (Friday, Feb. 10) and Philadelphia (Sat. Feb. 11), the conference also suggests a theme that emerges in the presentations: the mobile dimensions of African American politics during the long nineteenth century.
Papers for this conference will be precirculated and only briefly summarized by the presenters. Copies will be made available online to those who preregister for the conference. Attendees are strongly encouraged to read the papers in advance to participate fully in these sessions.
Friday, February 10, 2017
The Skylight Room, 9th Floor, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., New York NY
Saturday, February 11, 2017
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia PA
A conference co-sponsored by the Advanced Research Collaborative of The Graduate Center, City University of New York and by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Conference Organizing Committee includes David Waldstreicher, CUNY Graduate Center and Van Gosse, Franklin & Marshall, Conveners; Laura F. Edwards, Duke University; Steven Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Kellie Carter Jackson, Hunter College, City University of New York-Graduate Center; James Oakes, Graduate Center, City University of New York-Graduate Center; Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania; Nikhil Pal Singh, New York University; James Brewer Stewart, Macalester College; Graham Russell Hodges, Colgate University; Mia Bay, Rutgers University; Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania; Gerald Horne, University of Houston.
A Black Joke!!! (New York, N.Y. : s.n., 1808). Courtesy of the New York Historical Society.
Catto, Octavius V. From Portrait Album of Well Known 19th-century African American Men of Philadelphia, 1865-1885, p.2. Courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
"What de debil you hurrah for General Jackson for?" Clay, Edward Williams. Life in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia: 1828). Courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia.