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Transgressing the Color Line: Depictions of Free Blacks in the Popular Press

2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Transgressing the Color Line: Depictions of Free Blacks in the Popular Press

Fresh Goods Lecture Series
Thursday, May 10 • 7:00-8:00 PM • Concord Museum
Join writer and historian Jonathan Michael Square as he analyzes past images of free Africans Americans in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston that appeared in the popular press. Specifically, a series of cartoons published in the early 19th century used to arouse northern anti-black fears that free blacks might be threatening the racial, sexual, and class hierarchies of the time. Fashion will be the central analytic as free blacks were often depicted as dandified buffoons. He will show how the overly fashioned bodies of the free blacks in northern metropolises transgressed and threatened the, until then, established slavocratic order. Professor Square is a writer and historian specializing in Afro-Diasporic fashion and visual culture. He currently teaches at Harvard University, where his work explores the intersection of fashion and slavery in the African Diaspora — an outgrowth of his academic training at Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, and New York University. Museum members free, Non-members $5.


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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