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Community & Scholars: Martha Jones with Deondra Rose

September 4th, 2018
7:00 PM



Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Regulator Bookshop
720 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705

The Regulator welcomes Martha Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, in conversation with Deondra Rose, author of Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship, for a reading and book signing.

Birthright Citizens tells how African-American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and Black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African-American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, fulfilling the long-held aspirations of African Americans.

All are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Martha Jones

Johns Hopkins University

Martha S. Jones is the The Society of Black Alumni Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her scholarly interests include the histories of race, citizenship, and slavery. Professor Jones is the author of the critically acclaimed All Bound Up Together: The Woman ...

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Deondra Rose

Duke University

Deondra Rose is an Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape.  In addition to U.S. public/social policy, Dr. Rose’s research and teaching ...

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