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Women's History Salons
Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence
Kellie Carter Jackson, Steven Hahn
Wed, February 27th, 2019 | 5:30 pm
(Members $12)

Free for Members of the Women’s History Council


The new book Force and Freedom is the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. It examines one of the perennial questions in political thought: Is violence a valid means of producing social change? Historian Kellie Carter Jackson, assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, addresses how black abolitionists answered this question. Black resistance and violent resistance to slavery was central to emancipation, and the phrase “freedom now” was never more urgent than in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Steven Hahn, professor of history at New York University, joins Dr. Jackson in conversation about this important new work.

Refreshments will be served. 


The Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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