Liberty and the Color Line in the Post-Civil War Period


Using the work of four important African-American authors, this colloquium explored the concept of liberty by examining the role of racial identity and self-consciousness among Black Americans during and immediately after Reconstruction.


Conference Readings

Daley, James, eds. Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and Others. Mineola: Dover, 2006.

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell. Tales of Conjure and the Color Line: 10 Stories. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1988.

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk [unabridged]. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1994.

Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. Edited by Philip Smith. New York: Dover Publications, 1995.