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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Erica Armstrong DunbarErica Armstrong Dunbar focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African American women's history. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (2008), was the first book to chronicle the lives of African American women in the North during the early years of the Republic and the years leading to the Civil War. A Philadelphia native, she is the Blue and Gold Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware, and she also directs the program in African American history at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is the author most recently of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017).



“Sisters and Friends: African American Women in the Antebellum North ”

This lecture was presented as part of a federally funded Teaching American History Grant symposium organized by the Freedom Project of Rockford Public Schools in Rockford, Illinois. Recorded by Northern Illinois University student Jake Thomas in March 2011.


“Sisters and Friends: African American Women in the Antebellum North ”

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