The History Department, the Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, and the African Student Association at Houston Baptist University invite papers on the immediate and long-range impact of the Emancipation Proclamation. Papers that focus on the impact of the Proclamation on the U.S. Constitution, on African-American politics and culture, and on Texas history are particularly welcome. As a Christian university, HBU welcomes papers that explore the relationship of religious faith to the emancipation of American slaves.
Selected papers will be presented on Saturday, September 22, 2012, the 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The scholarly sessions will be part of a two-day event commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation. The theme of the event is “The Emancipation Proclamation: A Turning Point,” on the grounds that the promulgation of the act in its final version constituted a significant departure from earlier Union military policies by emphasizing the personhood of the slaves and by invoking divine favor on this “act of justice.” The event will include a keynote lecture, worship and musical performances. The general public is encouraged to attend.
If you would like to submit a paper, please send a 200-word abstract, your cv, and full contact information to the planning committee chair, Dr. Sara Frear, firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 22. Full papers selected for review are due no later than August 22.
Sara S. Frear, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
University Academic Center 118
Houston Baptist University
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