UNC Charlotte Historian Christopher Cameron will discuss his book, To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Abolitionist Movement, and the “story behind the story” at Personally Speaking on Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018. The book explores the origins of the American antislavery movement and the Black freedom struggle.
This is the final event of the 2017-18 Personally Speaking series in which faculty from UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences discuss recent books they have written and how they came to write them. The 2018-19 series will be announced that night.
The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. A reception and book-signing will follow the author’s presentation.
Personally Speaking is open to the public without charge, but RSVPs are required. Register here. Complimentary parking will be available in the lot at 422 E. 9th Street, directly across Brevard Street from UNC Charlotte Center City. Parking information will be emailed to attendees a few days before the event.
Cameron argues In To Plead Our Own Cause that African American rhetoric and tactics were central components of the abolitionist movement during the revolutionary era and profoundly impacted the 19th Century movement. Further, he demonstrates the significance of African American religion in struggles for social justice.
An associate professor in the Department of History, Cameron is the founder and president of the African American Intellectual History Society. Cameron is writing a history of African American freethinkers from the 19th Century to the present. He has received fellowships from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Peabody Essex Museum, Emory University, the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.