Virtual Book Discussion with
Prof. Ariela J. Gross

Becoming Free, Becoming Black




Please join us for HLSA-DC’s first Zoom book event on Sunday, June 14 from 5-6 p.m..  Ariela J. Gross (Harvard College, Class of 1987), the John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, will be discussing her recent book and  taking questions from participants. Troy Brown (HLS, Class of 2003) will moderate the discussion. 


RSVPs are required for this free event; you can register using the form on the left side of the page.  Details for joining the Zoom event will be emailed to participants.


Becoming Free, Becoming Black is available from any online book seller, including  Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery.



Looking closely at three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross demonstrate that the law of freedom - not slavery - established the meaning of blackness in law. Contests over freedom determined whether and how it was possible to move from slave to free status, and whether claims to citizenship would be tied to racial identity. Laws regulating the lives and institutions of free people of color created the boundaries between black and white, the rights reserved to white people, and the degradations imposed only on black people.





5:00PM - 6:00PM Sun 14 Jun 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

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Look Who's Coming:

Nomi Stolzenberg
  USC Law School
Pamela Nwaoko
Stan Barg
Martha Minow
  Harvard University
Ted Hochstadt
pat jacobs
DeJeune O'Garro
Loretta Argrett
Karma Frierson
Odeana Neal
  University of Baltimore School of Law
Sheria Smith
Nicole Britenriker
  Learfield IMG College
Jacqueline Brown
cynthia totten
Taimarie Adams
  Harvard Law School
Juanita Hernandez
Teresa McLaughlin
Marie Park
  DC Board on Professional Responsibility
Toby Hyman
Steven Rogers
  Center for Urban Research and Public Policy
Maurice White
Eddie Eitches
William Kenety
Meagan Flint
  Harvard Law School
Kristin Cabral
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