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Force and Freedom, Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are pleased to announce that Professor Kellie Carter-Jackson, winner of the James H. Broussard Best First Book Award for her book "Force and Freedom, Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence" will participate in the New Democracy Coalition's Civic Literacy Project Black Author's Series.

Her new book, examines the conditions that led some black abolitionists to believe slavery might only be abolished by violent force. In Force and Freedom, Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. Go beyond the honorable politics of moral suasion and the romanticism of the Underground Railroad and into an exploration of the agonizing decisions, strategies, and actions of the black abolitionists who, though lacking an official political voice, were nevertheless responsible for instigating monumental social and political change.

Kellie Carter Jackson is the Knafel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She is currently a Newhouse Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. She is the author of Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (UPenn Press, 2019). In 2019, Force and Freedom was a finalist for the MAAH Stone Prize Book Award. Carter Jackson is also co-editor of Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, & Memory. Her essays have been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, Transition Magazine, The Conversation, Black Perspectives, and Quartz

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Trump’s Walls Must Fall: Greg Grandin with Avi Chomsky

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7-8:30pm EST for a deep dive with 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winner Greg Grandin, author of *THE END OF THE MYTH: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America* (among many other books). We will also be joined by scholar and activist Aviva Chomsky, (author of *Undocumented* and *”They Take Our Jobs!” and 20 Other Myths about Immigration*).

As the 2020 Election draws near, how do we understand the nature of Trumpism and its relationship to what has come before?

How do we grasp the rise of Trump’s Border Wall and the way it is re-shaping US political imagination?

How has U.S. American history from the beginning been shaped by the way that the edges of the country have been imagined and constructed–often through racism and violence?

How does grappling with the long and bloody American history of the “frontier” and the border change the way we see the present politics and future possibilities for the USA in the 21st century?

How does studying the history of the border help us to see that ways that US “domestic” & “foreign” policy are deeply related?

What will the “end” of the long-standing myth of perpetual American economic and geographic expansion mean for contemporary politics?

What can be done to refuse a future defined by rising border walls and to instead reimagine global human liberation in this era of crisis?

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