April History Lecture: C-SPAN Broadcast Announced

UPDATE: Paul Polgar’s talk will be broadcast on American History TV (C-SPAN 3) on Sunday, May 21 at 6:45 pm EDT. After it is broadcast, it will be available online here.

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will offer its next history brown bag on April 28, 2017 at noon. In “Congress’s First Debate on Slavery and Race”, the University of Mississippi’s Paul Polgar will examine the first sustained national congressional debate over slavery, taking place during the second session of the first federal Congress in the spring of 1790. He will argue for the importance of this debate in revealing the centrality of race to arguments over American slavery, a fact which would characterize national discussions regarding the peculiar institution for generations to come.

This event is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is requested. The lecture will be held in Ketchum Hall in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 200 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Paul Polgar

Paul Polgar

Polgar is an assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi, where he researches and teaches on slavery and emancipation in the United States and broader Atlantic World. His in-progress book manuscript reinterprets the history of gradual emancipation in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century North, arguing for the racially egalitarian challenge that America’s first abolitionists posed to black slavery in the new nation. He has published broadly on race and rights in the U.S., including topics ranging from African American disfranchisement in early New York to black Boston’s protests of the film The Birth of a Nation.