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  • Politics & Prose Presents: Christopher James Bonner, Remaking the Republic

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    Date: Sat, Mar 28
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

An assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Bonner focuses on African American history and the nineteenth-century United States. His illuminating study of citizenship starts from the Constitution’s vague definition of the term and charts the myriad ways Blacks in the ante-bellum free states used that ambiguity to claim certain specific rights and protections. Combining stories and analysis, Bonner traces the connections between these grassroots movements and Reconstruction-era constitutional developments, showing how Black people grappled with the limits of formal legal change and, through these efforts, helped shape the development of citizen status.

 

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