F20 Black Atlantic: Resources, Pedagogy, and Scholarship on the 18th Century Black Atlantic

Week 04: Required: Friday, September 18: Book Launch


In lieu of class on Friday, September 18th, please register and attend the book launch of Christopher James Bonner's Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship, hosted by the History Department.
This is an online event. To attend on Zoom, register here: https://bit.ly/3gaaWXR

You can also attend the talk on the Department of History Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HowardUHistory

If there is time following it, we will meet to discuss our reading.
Our reading for this day, will focus on Indigenous Studies. For your weekly response, you may respond to the reading, the book launch, or the Indigenous Studies panel hosted by UMD on Thursday, September 17 at 4:00pm.

Book info:
Join the Department of History for a presentation of the book Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) by Dr. Christopher Bonner, Assistant Professor, Department of History University of Maryland.

Christopher Bonner teaches African American history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He published his first book, Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship, in March 2020. His work also appears in the collection New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (2018) and at "Black Perspectives," the blog for the African American Intellectual History Society.  Originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, he earned his B.A. from Howard University and Ph.D. from Yale University.

About Remaking the RepublicIn the decades before the Civil War, African Americans in the North lived in a tenuous freedom, denied political rights and threatened with kidnapping and enslavement. Christopher Bonner explores individual and collective strategies African Americans used to defend their freedom and secure rights. The ambiguous, powerful concept of citizenship was central to those strategies. By claiming that they were citizens in demands for specific rights, black activists did critical work to create the meaning of American citizenship. In this presentation, focused on the story of a man arrested and accused of being a fugitive slave in New York, Bonner explores complex black activist communities and highlights the radical possibilities of African American politics.

Dr. Bonner on C-Span

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