Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Class in America - Professor Martha S. Jones

October 11, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., hosted Martha S. Jones, of Johns Hopkins University, who discussed her latest publication Birthright Citizens: History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America.

Birthright Citizens tells how Black activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, black laws threatened to deport formerly enslaved women, men, and children born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how these activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses.

Professor Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian who writes about race, law, citizenship, slavery and the rights of women.

Recorded on October 7, 2018

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