Blind No More: Southern Slavery, Free Soil, and the Coming of the Civil War

Monday, October 30, 10:00 am: The Long Civil War: Slavery, African Americans, and Kidnapping

Monday, October 30, 6:00 pm: The Fugitive Slave Law and the Sectional Crisis

Tuesday, October 31, 6:00 pm: The End of Compromise: Free Soil Americans and Disunion

Jonathan Daniel Wells, Ph.D., is Professor of History in the Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies and History, and Director of the Residential College, at the University of Michigan. He is the author or editor of ten books, including The Origins of the Southern Middle Class: 1820-1861 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004); Women Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth-Century South (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Southern Middle Class in the Long Nineteenth Century (LSU Press, 2011); The Routledge History of Nineteenth-Century America (2017) and A House Divided: The Civil War and Nineteenth-Century America (second ed., Routledge, 2016) in addition to articles in academic journals and chapters in books. He is currently working on two book projects related to the Fugitive Slave Crisis in the antebellum North.

All lectures will be held in the President’s Dining Room, University Center, and are free and open to the public.