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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Brenda E. Stevenson

Brenda E. StevensonBrenda E. Stevenson is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of interest include race and gender more generally, the American race riot, and southern and African American history and family during the colonial and antebellum eras. She has written and lectured widely on the southern white and family; black women historically; and the nature of racial conflict and race riots in the United States. Her books include Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (1996), which won an Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights; The Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke (1988); The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots (2013), which received the OAH James A. Rawley Prize for the best book on race relations in the United States; and What is Slavery? (2015). She is currently completing a book on slave women in the southern colonial and antebellum United States.