Freedom's Ring: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Making of America

Lecture Series Description: This series considers the rise and fall of American slavery from its 15th century origins through its long legacies.  It centers on the experience of people living in the territories of North America that would become the United States, though some attention will be paid to the institution of slavery beyond those boundaries.  Throughout the series, we will explore the relationship between the rise of the American state and its evolving definitions of freedom and citizenship, and the lived experiences of enslaved people as they endured human bondage in pursuit of their own liberation. 

Lecture Series Information: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:45 a.m., starting September 20, 2022, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus and simulcast online via Zoom.   

Lecture Series EducatorDr. David Williard is associate professor of history at the University of St. Thomas.  A scholar of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, he studies the relationship between race, Confederate identity, and political culture.  His courses include the Civil War Era, the Long Emancipation, Reading Black Resistance, and United States Military History. 

Fee for the series: $100.00 per person (this is a six-week series)

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Detailed Lecture Series Syllabus:

Sept. 20

Origins: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Its Colonial World

Sept. 27

 The Revolutionary Moment and Its Limits     

Oct. 4

"Crimes Which Would Disgrace a Nation of Savages:" Antebellum Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War

Oct. 11

And the War Came: Slavery, the Civil War, and the Second American Revolution

Oct. 18

Out of the House of Bondage: Emancipation, Juneteenth, and Jubilee

Oct. 25