United States Spring: How the Self-Emancipation of Slaves Resonated
Date and Time
Friday, May 4, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Hahn University Center, Room 107
San Diego, CA 92110
This lecture examines how the self-emancipation of slaves during the Civil War created a broad ferment in which many other groups' freedoms came to be more energetically imagined and fought for: women's rights, the 8-hour work day, Irish independence, farmers’ rights, and, much less successfully, justice for American Indians and Chinese immigrant workers. Thus, the history of Reconstruction, what slaves and some white workers called Jubilee, is far grander and more tragic than usually conceived.
David R. Roediger teaches History and African American Studies at the University of Illinois. He has written on U.S. movements for a shorter working day, labor and poetry, radicalism, and racial identities of white workers and immigrants. His books include: Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day; The Wages of Whiteness; How Race Survived U.S. History; Towards the Abolition of Whiteness; Colored White; Working Towards Whiteness. His edited books include: Labor Struggles in the Deep South and Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White. He has been active in the surrealist movement, labor support, and anti-racist organizing.