Most students entering college today will have had the experience of witnessing the first African-American president and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement paying dividends for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender Americans. As a historian, I believe the trans-Atlantic antislavery movements of the 19th century are part precursors to these and movements like Black Lives Matter. However, how do I deploy this insight to bear on my students’ learning? How do I convey to them that they, too, can be agents and interpreters of change over time? I try to impress on students that history can help them answer these questions and in making sense of the future they want to inherit.
- Historical Thought & Methods: Approaches to Writing, Thinking, and Questioning History
- Transatlantic Crossings: The Black Radical Tradition in U.S Transnational History
- Cotton and Sugar in the Making of the Atlantic World