THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 7:00PM
BECOMING FREE, BECOMING BLACK
BY ARIELA GROSS
in conversation with BRENDA STEVENSON
How did Africans become 'blacks' in the Americas?
Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery. Looking closely at three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross demonstrate that the law of freedom - not slavery - established the meaning of blackness in law. Contests over freedom determined whether and how it was possible to move from slave to free status, and whether claims to citizenship would be tied to racial identity. Laws regulating the lives and institutions of free people of color created the boundaries between black and white, the rights reserved to white people, and the degradations imposed only on black people.
Ariela Gross is a historian, writer, and law professor researching and writing about the way race and slavery have shaped law, culture, and politics in the Americas – and also the way law has created the very category of “race,” with devastating consequences.
Brenda E. Stevenson is an internationally recognized scholar of race, slavery, gender, family and racial conflict. Professor Stevenson’s research has garnered numerous prizes including the James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best book in race relations (U.S.) for The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, the Ida B. Wells Barnett Award for Bravery in Journalism, and the Gustavus Meyer Outstanding Book Prize for Life in Black and White.
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