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The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Citizenship, nineteenth-century Black activists argued, is not who one is, but rather what one does. Between the Revolutionary era of the 1770s and the onset of the U.S. Civil War in 1861, Black intellectuals defied ongoing enslavement, disenfranchisement, and anti-Black violence to develop an expansive theory of citizenship based in everyday practices of community making, according to Derrick R. Spires, associate professor in the Department of English.

In a live Chats in the Stacks webinar, Spires discusses ideas of citizenship defined by political participation, mutual aid, critique, and revolution, from his book, The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), which was dubbed as “essential reading” by Reviews in American History.

A discussion session moderated by Eric Acree, director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library and curator of Africana Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections will follow the talk. The audience is encouraged to submit questions via the Q&A window in the webinar. 




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Cornell University Library, History, American Studies Program, English, Olin Library, Africana Library, Africana Studies and Research Center, Diversity


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Jenny Leijonhufvud


Derrick R. Spires

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Department of English

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