The TU Department of History presents the 2017 Cadenhead-Settle Memorial Lecture featuring Edward Baptist, professor at Cornell University. Baptist will present Creating White Freedom by Hunting Enslaved Africans.
Some argue that there is an unbroken line between the emergence of white surveillance of black movement in the early slave societies of colonial America and today’s struggle over policing and violence against African Americans. Introducing Freedom on the Move, a crowdsourced analysis of almost 200,000 “runaway” ads published in North American newspapers, award-winning historian Edward Baptist explores the history of 17th- and 18th-century colonial settlers who made runaway-slave laws in order to create a stronger system of slavery and a common identity for whites.
Baptist is the house dean of Carl Becker House and professor in Cornell's Department of History where he teaches courses in U.S. history and the history of capitalism. Author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism and Creating an Old South: Middle Florida’s Plantation Frontier Before the Civil War, Baptist leads Freedom on the Move, [http://freedomonthemove.org ] a National Endowment for the Humanities-supported effort in digital history.
Monday, February 6 at 7:00pm
Lorton Performance Center, Meinig Recital Hall
550 South Gary Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700