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Contested Black Freedom in Wisconsin: From Slavery to the Modern Civil Rights Movement, 1725-1866 (zps)

  • Wed, October 04, 2023
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • virtual
  • 258


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Join us for a discussion with Christy Clark-Pujara, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, UW-Madison.  She is the author of Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island, NYU Press.

Free and enslaved Black people lived, labored, and raised families on the Wisconsin frontier; they called Prairie du Chien, Racine, Green Bay, Lancaster, Milwaukee, and Menominee home. Yet their stories remain largely untold. Black Americans were a tiny minority in Wisconsin territory and later the state; nevertheless, the practice of race-based slavery and anxieties about Black migrants led white Wisconsinites to dispute abolition and the rights of Black residents. In the mid-nineteenth century, fugitive slaves passing through Wisconsin were often met with assistance, while Black permanent residents were politically and socially ostracized. Black freedom was contested in Wisconsin before the state existed and Africans were steadfast in the pursuit of liberty from the colonial period through the modern civil rights movements.

If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Michael Bernard-Donals at and Tom Eggert at by Wednesday, September 27.


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Registration Deadline:  Friday, September 29, 2023.


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