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The Twelfth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture

The Twelfth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture

  • Dates: February 22, 2018
  • Location: Mara Auditorium @ Gettysburg College
  • Address: 300 North Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
  • Phone: (717) 337-6796
  • Time: 5:00 PM
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Overview

Topic: White Predators: Hunting African Americans for Profit, From the 1792 Fugitive Slave Act to Lee's 1863 Invasion of Pennsylvania

Speaker: Edward E. Baptist, Professor of History, Cornell University

White Americans developed a system for hunting escapees from slavery, policing "free" people of color, and containing Black movement in the new nation. Some Northern states emancipated enslaved residents after the Revolution created a new nation. But one of the key nation-making bargains was the commitment to hunt escapees from enslavement. Not only did this help establish a national commitment to slavery, it also helped ensure that people of African descent would face a distinctive kind of surveillance and policing in even the "free" states. These patterns persisted all the way through into 1863—and beyond. However, Black resistance to this kind of policing began early, and shaped politics in both communities and the larger nation. This lecture will discuss both policing and resistance.

 

The Twelfth Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture