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The Newberry Colloquium

Transatlantic Radicalism and American Antislavery Politics
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

4 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Anthony Di Lorenzo, Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library; PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow, Loyola University Chicago

The scholarship on radical republicanism during the Age of Revolution is vast and growing. However, the role of antislavery thought and activity within this frame is an area of inquiry deserving further attention. The rise of popular abolitionism in the early United States reveals a striking consistency with the more radical strains of democratic discourse during the American and French Revolutions. As a result, little understood political tensions emerged within the movement which had lasting implications for the course of American abolitionism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Newberry collections have proven to be an invaluable resource in Anthony Di Lorenzo’s investigation of both early abolitionist writings and the revolutionary pamphlet literature of the period.