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Robert P. Forbes <email@example.com>
Department of History, University of Connecticut-Torrington
I am interested in the impact of slavery on the development of American institutions. I am currently working on a study of the Rev. Amos G. Beman (1812-1874) and the evolution of Northern free black society in the 19th century.
|Address:||2055 Chapel St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06515
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Connecticut
List Editor for H-Slavery
Reviewer for H-CivWar
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Ph.D. Yale University 1994
BA The George Washington University 1987
Assistant Professor of American Studies and History, University of Connecticut-Torrington, 2007-Present.
Associate Research Scholar, Yale University, 2005-2007.
Associate Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, August 1998-2005.
The Missouri Crisis and its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America (University of North Carolina Press, 2007).
“’Truth Systematised’: The Changing Debate over Slavery and Abolition,” in John Stauffer and Timothy McCarthy, eds., Prophets of Protest: New Essays on the Abolitionists (New Press, 2005).
Co-author, "Foreword," special issue on "New Perspectives on the Transatlanic Slave Trade," William & Mary Quarterly, 58:1 (January 2001), with David Brion Davis.
Co-author, Francis Kernan, Esq.: The Life and Times of a Nineteenth-Century Politician from Upstate New York, with John D. Kernan and Karen Kernan (Utica: Oneida Historical Society, 1999).
“Slavery and the Evangelical Enlightenment,” in Mitchell Snay and John R. McKivigan, eds., Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery (University of Georgia Press, 1999).
Selected Academic Lectures, Papers and Panels:
“Amos G. Beman’s America: An Antebellum Black Minister’s Understanding of American Institutions,” Association for the Study of Connecticut History Fall Meeting, November 4, 2006.
“Slavery as a National Institution: Connecticut as a Test Case,” presentation to participants in Gilder Lehrman Center/ACES Teaching American History program, Slavery and Freedom in American Memory, April 1, 2006
“A Secret Plan to End Slavery? A New Look at the Early American Republic.” Black History Month talk for King Manor Museum, Jamaica, New York, February 2004.
Chair, panel on “Causes of the Civil War: Slavery and Race, and the Evolution of Northern and Southern Culture,“ conference on “The Civil War and American Memory,” Library of Congress, November 2002.
“Grating the Nutmeg: Slavery, Race and Sectionalism in Connecticut from the Colonial Era to the Civil War,” paper presented at “Yale, New Haven, and American Slavery,” conference co-sponsored by Gilder Lehrman Center and Yale Law School, September 27, 2002.
“The Evangelical Enlightenment,” Society of Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Pennsylvania State University, July 1997.
Boards and Organizations
Advisory Board Member, “The Golden Days of Litchfield Connecticut 1784-1833” (on-line web project), 2003-Present
Advisory Board Member, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 2000-Present
Member of the Board of Trustees, Amistad Committee, 2001-Present
Member, National Board of Advisors, Amistad America, Inc., 2003-Present (member Board of Trustees, 1999-2003)
Editorial Board Member, Common-place, 2003-present