4/13 | The Abolition of Slavery

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Professors Dennis Childs, Maeve Glass, Jennifer Morgan*, and Bernard E. Harcourt

read and discuss

Chapters 2 and 3 of Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs

Venus in Two Acts” by Saidiya Hartman

Partus sequiter ventrem: Law, Race, and Reproduction in Colonial Slavery” by Jennifer Morgan

Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery by Joseph P. Reidy

The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince

Selections from Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner

Thursday, November 12, 2020

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University



This seminar will focus on the long history of the abolition of slavery. The passage from a de jure to de facto system of racial oppression in this country raises many important questions. Some involve the continuities and the differences: What can we learn from thinking of these different periods as similar or different? Some involve the lessons to be learned for abolitionist movements in other domains: In what ways do the struggles enrich each other? Some involve the hidden and not-so-hidden pitfalls of abolitionism: What are the shoals to be avoided in future abolitionist campaigns? These will be some of the themes we explore in this seminar on the abolition of slavery.


Praxis 10/13 at Columbia University, March 6, 2019