Slavery, Freedom and the Legacy of the American Revolution

  • 11/12/2013 | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Matthew Spooner ('01), ABD, Columbia University, presents Slavery, Freedom and the Legacy of the American Revolution.

This nation was born of a contradiction. The American Revolution, considered as an ideological watershed and as a long and bloody military struggle, led directly to both a new birth of freedom and a great expansion of slavery. Beginning with a discussion of the meaning that the War for Independence had for slaves and free citizens, this talk will reevaluate the impact of the Revolution and explore the twinned rise of slavery and freedom in American History, a complex legacy that we continue to carry in our cities, our prisons, and our foreign wars.

Sponsored by the Departments of History and Africana Studies