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Levan Book Chats—Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross, Becoming Free, Becoming Black
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USC Levan Institute for the Humanities

Levan Book Chats—Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross, Becoming Free, Becoming Black

Book Chats—Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross, Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana September 25, 2020 Levan Institute for the Humanities Book Chats—the Levan Institute presents a new lunchtime series celebrating new books by USC scholars in the Humanities. Each Book Chat event features the author and guests in conversation about a recently completed publication. For more information about this event series, visit https://dornsife.usc.edu/levan-institute/book-chat/ How did Africans become “blacks” in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery. Looking closely at three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross demonstrate that the law of freedom - not slavery - established the meaning of blackness in law. Contests over freedom determined whether and how it was possible to move from slave to free status, and whether claims to citizenship would be tied to racial identity. Laws regulating the lives and institutions of free people of color created the boundaries between black and white, the rights reserved to white people, and the degradations imposed only on black people. The authors will be joined by Sven Beckert (Harvard), Adrienne Davis (Washington University St. Louis), and Michelle McKinley (University of Oregon). About the Authors: Alejandro de la Fuente is Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History, and Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University delafuente@fas.harvard.edu Ariela Gross is John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History, and Co-Director of the Center for Law, History, and Culture at USC Gould School of Law. agross@law.usc.edu In collaboration with the USC Center for Law, History, and Culture and Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies.
The Time of Slavery | Ariela J. Gross || Harvard Radcliffe Institute
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Harvard Radcliffe Institute

The Time of Slavery | Ariela J. Gross || Harvard Radcliffe Institute

A presentation from 2021–2022 Joy Foundation Fellow Ariela Gross Ariela J. Gross is the John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History at the University of Southern California and codirector of the USC Center for Law, History, and Culture. While at Radcliffe, Gross is working on a new book, “The Time of Slavery: History, Memory, Politics, and the Constitution.” Gross is the author of numerous books, most recently Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her book What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America (Harvard University Press, 2008) was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; the J. Willard Hurst Book Prize from the Law and Society Association; and the Lillian Smith Book Award. Gross is also the author of Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (Princeton University Press, 2000). Find out more at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/ariela-gross. This program is presented as part of the Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, a University-wide effort anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. For information about Harvard Radcliffe Institute and its many public programs, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RadcliffeInstitute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/radcliffe.institute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/radcliffe-institute Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RadInstitute 0:00 Introduction 4:26 Ariela J. Gross 38:43 Audience Q&A
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