March 11-13, 2010
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
Keynote by Steven Hahn, author of the prize-winning A Nation Under Our Feet:Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
Rationale and Program:
A hundred years ago the outstanding African American scholar-activist, W. E. B. Du Bois, presented to the American Historical Association a paper entitled “Reconstruction and Its Benefits.” In the paper and in his seminal Black Reconstruction, published a quarter century later, Du Bois insisted that the struggles over slavery and the shape of the freedom that followed were central to the history of America’s working people, calling it “the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.” Over the past generation, historians have built upon Du Bois’s powerful insight about the connections between race, labor and citizenship in the post-emancipation South, producing some of the most compelling scholarship in the field of U. S. history.
The After Slavery Project, a transatlantic research collaboration based at Queen’s University Belfast, welcomes proposals from scholars at all levels for panels that showcase new and developing research on these themes across the former slave South, between the end of the Civil War and the early years of the twentieth century. We have received a number of outstanding proposals but seek panels on the following broad themes:
Labor and the Politics of Reconstruction/Freedwomen, Citizenship and the Public Sphere/Freedom, Property Rights and the Land Question in the Postwar South/Black Workers, the Union Leagues and the Republican Party/White Supremacy and the Prospects for Interracialism/The Franchise and Grassroots Political Activism/Emigration Movements and Black Mobility/Gender and the Free Labor Vision/Religion and Southern Laborers/Dockworkers, Port Cities and Black Mobilization/Race Leadership after ‘Redemption’/Race, Labor and New South Industrialization/Independent Politics after 1880
Details are available on the After Slavery website, at www.afterslavery.com. The deadline for proposals is November 20, 2009; final decisions will be made and session organizers notified by December 4, 2009.
As part of our commitment to making this scholarship available to a diverse constituency in and outside of higher education, the Conference will include the launch of the Charleston Labor History Project and a public exhibit on The End of Slavery in the Carolinas; a teacher’s workshop on emancipation organized in cooperation with National History Day and the South Carolina Department of Education; and a public history workshop on commemorating Reconstruction in the Carolinas organized in cooperation with the National Parks Service.
After Slavery Project
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, N. Ireland BT7 1NN
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