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Panel Discussion: On Melvin Ely’s Israel on the Appomattox

December 5, 2007

Here’s notice on an upcoming panel discussion at Chicago’s Newberry Library. – TL

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Rethinking Black Freedom in the Era of Slavery: The Challenge of Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War

Featuring author Melvin Patrick Ely

Saturday, December 15, 2007, 11:00 am — 3:00 pm

The recent publication of the award-winning book by Melvin Ely, historian at the College of William and Mary, raises numerous questions about the nature of slavery and freedom in the first half of the 19th century. “Rethinking Black Freedom in the Era of Slavery” aims to critically re-examine the place of free African Americans, the character of race relations, and the challenges local history can pose to the grander, sweeping narratives of American history.

Commentators:

Eric Arnesen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Corey Capers, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jane Dailey, University of Chicago
Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago
Michael Perman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Julie Saville, University of Chicago
James Schmidt, Northern Illinois University
Amy Stanley, University of Chicago

RSVP: scholl@newberry.org

It is not necessary to read the book in order to attend and participate in the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eric Arnesen at arnesen@uic.edu.

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