White Fear and Race War in the time of Dred Scott

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 3:30 - 5:00pm -- Monroe Hall 124

White Fear and Race War in the time of Dred Scott: The Supreme Court's pronouncement that African Americans had "no right which the white man was bound to respect" as the legal codification of the history of slavery and white supremacy in St. Louis, the city in which the case was first filed.

Walter Johnson is the author of Soul by Soul:  Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market and, most recently, River of Dark Dreams:  Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association, the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association, the SHEAR Book Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Frederick Jackson Turner and the Avery O. Craven Prizes from the Organization of American Historians. He is currently writing a book about the central role of St. Louis in the imperialist and racial capitalist history of the United States, from Lewis and Clark to Michael Brown. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; as well as awards from the American Philosophical Society, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and a Mellon Fellowship in Cultural Studies at Wesleyan University

This event is free and open to the public.