Citizenship and Race in the Mid-19th Century

Here’s a panel discussion on race and citizenship in the Antebellum era. The panelists are Professor Chris Bonner of the University of Maryland-College Park, Professor Andrea Gillespie of Emory University, Professor Nicholas Guyatt of the University of Cambridge, and Professor Kate Masur of Northwestern University. The moderator is Professor David Blight of Yale University.

The video’s description reads, “A panel discussed race and the role it played in determining citizenship in the mid-19th century. They explored the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision and Fugitive Slave Law, as well as Abraham Lincoln’s views on how the U.S. Constitution defines citizenship. This event was part of a conference hosted by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.”


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