The Charles H. Wesley Seminar

“Overturning Dred Scott: Race and Rights in Antebellum America”

by Martha S. Jones

To coincide  with the Centennial, ASALH is proud to present the inaugural Charles H. Wesley Seminar, which features work on topics researched by the prominent scholar.   Participants in the seminar, along with all those who attend, will read Professor Jones’ paper in advance.  At the seminar, the moderator will lead a discussion of the paper with the specialist below, and leave room for questions from those in the audience.  To download the paper, click here.

Fri, Sep 25, 2:00 to 3:50pm, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Level 1, Atlanta 2

Moderator:  Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham


Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie
Leslie M. Harris
Patricia Reid
Steven Hahn
Thavolia Glymph
Tony Frazier
Jessica Millward

Martha S. Jones


Martha Jones is Arthur F. Thurnau professor at the University of Michigan where she is a member of the faculties in history, African-American studies, and at the law school where she directs the Program in race, law and history. Professor Jones is a specialist 19th century US history with a focus on African Americans, slavery, race and law. She is author of the 2007 All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, and an editor of the just-released Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, both from the University of North Carolina press. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the National Constitutional Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She publishes regular commentary to CNN and her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Michigan Quarterly Review. Today, Professor Jones is completing a history of race and citizenship in the pre-Civil War era: Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America.




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