Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 5:30p -
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
$20 (free for MHS members)
Lectures & Conferences
A talk by John Staffer, Professor of English and African American Studies – Harvard University
Program IV in the Massachusetts Historical Society's series LINCOLN AND THE LEGACY OF CONFLICT
Professor Stauffer will explore Frederick Douglass's and other black and white abolitionists' responses to Lincoln's assassination and the degree to which the assassination prompted Northerners to consider and accept full black citizenship. He will also address the theme of forgiveness and its political dilemmas as it relates to assassination, while keeping Douglass at the center of the story.
John Stauffer writes and lectures on antislavery, social protest movements, interracial friendship, and photography. He is a Harvard University professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies. He is also a long term Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. His 13 books include The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002) and Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008), which both won numerous awards. He is the author of more than 90 articles, on topics ranging from the Civil War era to visual culture. His newest book is Sally Mann: Southern Landscape (2014); Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the 19th Century's Most Photographed American will be published by Norton in 2015; and at Mass Historical he is completing a cultural biography of Charles Sumner. His essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New Republic, and Huffington Post. He has appeared on national radio and television shows and has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe.