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Book Breaks with Kellie Carter Jackson and Force and Freedom
Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks is a new program that features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books with host William Roka live, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.

Join us online on Sunday, August 9 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) with Kellie Carter Jackson, as she discusses her book "Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence."

In "Force and Freedom" Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. Through rousing public speeches, the burgeoning black press, and the formation of militia groups, black abolitionist leaders mobilized their communities, compelled national action, and drew international attention. Drawing on the precedent and pathos of the American and Haitian Revolutions, African American abolitionists used violence as a political language and a means of provoking social change. Through tactical violence, black abolitionist leaders accomplished what white nonviolent abolitionists could not: creating the conditions that necessitated the Civil War. "Force and Freedom" takes readers beyond the honorable politics of moral suasion and the romanticism of the Underground Railroad and into an exploration of the agonizing decisions, strategies, and actions of the black abolitionists who, though lacking an official political voice, were nevertheless responsible for instigating monumental social and political change.

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Aug 9, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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