Hereditary Term Slavery and the Pursuit of Restitution in Antebellum Pennsylvania

Friday Seminar
Cory James Young, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 2020-2021 Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow
Dec 9, 2022 at - | Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Cory James Young

Cory James Young is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Young is a historian of abolition and slavery in the American North. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 2021 after completing a dissertation, “For Life or Otherwise: Abolition and Slavery in South Central Pennsylvania, 1780-1847,” which demonstrates how gradual abolition was as much a slavery regime as an emancipation scheme. His current book project widens the analysis to account for the rest of the Pennsylvania interior and contributes to conversations in legal, political, and social history. As a postdoctoral research associate, Young is responsible for managing Katrina Jagodinsky’s digital history project, “Petitioning for Freedom: Habeas Corpus in the American West.”

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The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. 

The McNeil Center will utilize a hybrid format for seminars in which participants may gather together at the McNeil Center building (or occasionally at an MCEAS Consortium institution host in the Philadelphia area) or attend via Zoom. To get access to the seminar papers and Zoom links, or to join our mailing list, please email us at mceas@sas.upenn.edu.