Race and Police Powers in the 19th Century U.S. | Newberry

Race and Police Powers in the 19th Century U.S.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Kate Masur, Northwestern University
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar explores the history of American ideas and practices of policing, with a particular focus on slavery and the status of free African Americans in the nineteenth century. We will begin by examining the 18th-century concept of “police” and its relationship to more commonly understood ideas about liberty and equality. Building on that foundation, we will discuss why most antebellum Americans believed race-based police practices were constitutional and how some people attempted to challenge that idea.Finally we will look at how and why the U.S. government outlawed outlawed race-based policing during Reconstruction and why racist policing persisted nevertheless. Teachers will be invited to discuss how to integrate such themes into their existing history and government classes.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.