All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Slavery and the Myth of Race

Slave Auction in Charleston, South Carolina

Slave Auction in Charleston, South Carolina

Washington, DC
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Historian and author Jacqueline Jones discusses her latest book, “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America” at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Professor Jones argues that “race” does not exist and was created as a justification and rationalization for slavery.    

Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:14am (ET)

Related Events

Ending Slavery in America
Monday, October 14, 2013     

Historian and professor David Blight discusses the events leading up to the emancipation of slaves in America. He examines the political maneuvering that occurred during the Civil War, and the complex motivations behind Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. He also recounts the reactions to the Proclamation, from northern abolitionists, to southern slaveholders, to the slaves themselves. The German Historical Institute in Washington, DC hosted this event as part of a lecture series on how societies around the world abolished slavery.

Slavery: From Scholarship to Public Interpretation
Saturday, May 25, 2013     

How is slavery interpreted at historic sites – and how has that interpretation evolved over the last quarter century? Those were among the questions addressed at a conference convened at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to consider the history of slavery scholarship and how it makes its way to the American public.

Teaching About Slavery
Saturday, May 18, 2013     

Harvard Law School history professor Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of two books exploring the story of Sally Hemings and her family’s ties to Thomas Jefferson. Her 2009 book, “The Hemingses of Monticello,” won a Pulitzer Prize. At the National Council for History Education National Conference in Richmond, Virginia, professor Gordon-Reed discusses teaching about slavery, as well as the research that led to her books.

Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites
Sunday, April 21, 2013     

A panel discusses how slavery is represented and reconstructed at places like Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Monroe’s home, Ash Lawn-Highland. They also delve into the problems of excavation, restoration, and historic interpretation at these sites. This event was hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

Slavery and Emancipation in Photographs
Saturday, February 16, 2013     

The National Archives hosted this look at how newly freed slaves were portrayed in photographs after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. We also see photographs from before the war that help distinguish how African Americans were later depicted.

History of Opposition to Slavery & Human Trafficking
Saturday, January 19, 2013     

A panel of history professors examines 18th and 19th century slavery abolition movements and early legislative efforts opposing prostitution & sex trafficking or so-called “white slavery.” The panel considers how these historic examples might be applied to the problem of modern day human trafficking & forced labor. This event was held at Yale University and hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance.

U.S. Capitol Grounds in Spring
Today     

Architect of the U.S. Capitol Stephen Ayers talks about the U.S. Capitol grounds in springtime.

George Washington's "New Room" Restoration
Sunday     

We go to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate to see what he called the “New Room” – which, after 14 months, $600,000, and extensive scientific and scholarly analysis, is once again a room he would recognize. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, owners of Washington’s estate since 1858, believe that a room long thought to be used for dining was actually more of a statement room – one designed to project Washington’s own sense of himself as a gentleman farmer, Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States. We get an up close look at Mount Vernon’s grandest room and hear from the team of historians and curators behind its restoration. This event was hosted by Mount Vernon.

Civil Rights Summit - President Speeches
Sunday     

President Obama was joined last week by three predecessors – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law by President Johnson. They each delivered remarks at the Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

50th Anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan
Sunday     

Decided by the Warren Court in 1964, New York Times v. Sullivan was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, upholding the freedom of the press and greatly reducing the number of libel lawsuits. Attorneys Lee Levine and law professor Steve Wermiel tell the story of Justice Brennan’s struggle to thwart efforts to overturn the Sullivan case. Their new book is The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan. The Newseum hosted this event. 

Share This Event Via Social Media
Washington Journal (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org