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2020 Constitution Day Lecture

Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Cara Rogers, Ashland University

Location: Zoom Webinar

Link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EWVbhFgUTimLs22dmm_dYA

"Jefferson's Radical Son: William Short and the Problem of Equality"

Thomas Jefferson's views on race and slavery are a constant topic of debate. A recently discovered source of insight into this topic consists of letters between Jefferson and his "adoptive son," William Short. This lecture will introduce you to Short and some of his most radical ideas about how to transition Virginia from slavery to freedom--ideas which he and Jefferson discussed in a remarkable correspondence that spanned more than four decades, ending only with Jefferson's death in 1826.

Cara Rogers is an assistant professor of history at Ashland University, where she teaches courses on the Age of Enlightenment, American history from the colonial era until the Civil War, and Thomas Jefferson. Previously, she taught at Collin College in Dallas and at Rice University. Her dissertation, under revision for future publication, examines the ways in which Jefferson's book Notes on the State of Virginia influenced debates over race and slavery. Her other areas of interest include the Atlantic World, 19th century intellectual history, and World history.

Constitution Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution and is intended to increase student awareness and appreciation of this important document. 

 

PLEASE REGISTER VIA THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK TO ATTEND

Questions? Please contact JMC Events Coordinator Justin Burkett @ burket16@msu.edu