TONIGHT: Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture

Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture: Slavery on Free Soil — California's Unfree Past

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall


Even as California’s 1849 Constitution banned slavery and involuntary servitude, thousands of Southern gold-seekers rushed to California with hundreds of slaves. The presence of slavery on free soil provoked a constitutional crisis over the westward expansion of slavery. In her talk, Stacey Smith (Oregon State University) explores the struggles between California masters and slaves, between Northerners and Southerners, and between free soil and proslavery advocates while explaining how these conflicts transformed the nation in the decade leading up to the Civil War. Professor Smith is the author of the highly regarded Freedom’s Frontier: California’s Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (UNC Press, 2013).



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