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Evening Lecture: “Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston"
Start Date: 3/28/2014Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 3/28/2014End Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description
Evening Lecture: “Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston,” Amrita Myers, Indiana University-Bloomington, McKinley-Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center, 6:30 pm. Dr. Myers discusses her recent publication, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, in which she analyzes how black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom. Discussing topics such as manumission, work and property ownership, Myers argues that for black women in the Old South, freedom was an experience, not just a fixed legal category. Emancipation without the ability to improve one’s financial, social, and legal standing was a poor imitation of liberty. Black women thus strove to acquire property, established alliances with influential men, and utilized the courts and the state legislature to demand the fullest protections of the law. Additionally, evidence pertaining to white women and black men reveals how laws and customs about race and sex kept slavery and freedom inextricably linked for black women. Never fully free, the liberty of black women thus depended on their skills of negotiation in a society dedicated to upholding racial slavery and patriarchy. Ultimately, Forging Freedom reveals the ways in which Charleston’s black women overcame significant obstacles in order to craft a freedom of their own design instead of settling for the limited liberties imagined for them by white Southerners.
Location Information:
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture  (View Map)
125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 953-7609

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture - Avery Research Center  (View Map)
125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 953-7609
Room: McKinley Washington Auditorium
Contact Information:
Name: Mary Battle
Phone: 843-953-7612
Email: battlemp@ofc.edu
Event URL
http://avery.cofc.edu/programs/

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