Studying Slavery from the Ground Up | Newberry

Studying Slavery from the Ground Up

 H 5836 .0018 vol.2, No.2 (Feb. 1836), The Anti-Slavery Record, engraving

History of the Slave, James. The Anti-Slavery Record, engraving, Call No. H 5836 .0018 vol.2, No.2 (Feb. 1836)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, April 8 – May 6

6  – 7:30 pm

Led by Brooke Heagerty
This class is full and registration has closed.

Some stories have the power to reveal the essence of an historical moment, teaching us about our past and our present. We will explore antebellum slavery through the lens of one story, that of Celia, a young Missouri slave woman who killed her owner in 1855. Using a combination of primary documents and secondary materials we will explore the topics of studying slavery, reconstructing the life of the enslaved, the slaveowners’ worldview, the sexual dynamics of slavery, as well as slavery’s legacy and impact on our lives and our nation’s future. The instructor will send preparatory readings in advance of the first session.

Brooke Heagerty holds a PhD in history and is writing a book exploring how Celia’s story teaches us about the legacies of slavery and the power of history and memory.

Materials List

  • Course packet, to be purchased in class

Readings for the First Session:

  • Instructor will send preparatory readings in advance of first session.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Five sessions, $190.
This class is full and online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.