Adam Arenson on the Underground Railroad, February 5th at 12:30pm

The Tubman Institute is pleased to present a talk by Adam Arenson: “After the Underground Railroad: African North Americans and Transnational Reconstruction, 1860-1930” on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 in the Tubman Resource Centre (314 York Lanes).

Arenson photoArenson’s talk will focus on how Canada has been understood as a Promised Land for tens of thousands of African American, escaping slavery. Yet after the Emancipation Proclamation, at least 7,000 families of African North Americans returned to the United States, at least briefly. Did they move for political, economic, or family reasons, and how are these choices reflected in historical records? How did they maintain connections and networks, on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border? What did their time in Canada mean for their definitions of freedom?

Arenson is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of the award winning book, The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard, 2011) and the co-editor of Frontier Cities: Encounters at the Crossroads of Empire (Penn, 2013).

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