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Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Martha S. Jones, Eric Foner (moderator)
Wed, February 13th, 2019 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)


In conjunction with the exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, historians uncover the history of how free African American activists fought for their status as citizens before the Civil War. Explore the constitutional challenges—including the U.S. Supreme Court case Dred Scott v. Sandford—and successes along the road to the passage of the 14th Amendment and expanded citizenship for all Americans.

Martha S. Jones is Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America. Eric Foner (moderator) is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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