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February 13th, 2010
Noted historian to speak at Texas State

021210BlacekettRichard J.M. Blackett will speak at Texas State.

STAFF REPORT

In celebration of Black History Month, Texas State will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday  by Richard J. M. Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.  The event will take place at Flowers Hall 230 and is free and open to the public.

The lecture, “Escaping Massa: Slaves and Their Quest for Freedom,” will emphasize the various ways escaped American slaves influenced pre-Civil War politics.

A noted authority on his subject, Blackett has become one of the foremost  historians on the American abolitionist movement.  He authored or edited many books on the subject,  including Building an Antislavery Wall: Black Americans in the Atlantic Abolitionist MovementBeating Against the Barriers: Biographical Essays in Nineteenth-Century Afro-American History, Thomas Morris Chester: Black Civil War Correspondent, Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War and Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery.

He is currently working on a study about the ways communities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line organized to support or resist the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and the influences slaves had on ante bellum slavery debates.

The lecture is sponsored by the Texas State History Department and the Texas State Equity and Access committee. A reception with refreshments will  take place after the lecture.

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