March 27, 2014
Lecture: Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston
On Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:00pm at the Avery Research Center, Dr. Amrita Myers, Associate Professor at the Indiana University-Bloomington, will lecture on her most recent publication, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston. The book analyzes how black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom, arguing that for black women in the Old South, freedom was an experience, not just a fixed legal category.
Dr. Amrita Myers is a historian of the black female experience in the United States, particularly around issues and ideas of race, gender, freedom, and citizenship, and the ways in whic these constructs intersect with the one another in the lives of black women in the Old South. A light reception will follow the lecture.