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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Martha S. Jones

NOTE: Unavailable May through August

Martha S. JonesMartha S. Jones is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan where she teaches African American studies, history, and law. She is also a codirector of the University of Michigan Law School's Program in Race, Law, and History. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty she was a public interest litigator in New York City, where she advocated for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2013-2014, she is the William C. and Ida Friday Fellow at the National Humanities Center. A nineteenth-century U.S. historian with an interest in race and inequality, she is the author of the forthcoming "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America," and All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (2007), a study of African American debates about women's rights. She is also a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (2015) and is currently at work on a new book entitled "Riding the Atlantic World Circuit: Slavery and Law after the Haitian Revolution."

Jones was a guest editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era special issue, "Proclaiming Emancipation" (2013), which marked the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. An active public intellectual, Jones has been a commentator for the Huffington Post and CNN.com, and has curated public exhibitions on the history of race and caricature in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world, including "Proclaiming Emancipation" (2012-2013), which examined interpretations of the Emancipation Proclamation through the holdings of the William L. Clements Library.

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Twitter: @marthasjones_.



"The Children of Loving v. Virginia: Living at the Intersection of Law and Mixed-Race Identity"

This lecture was presented as part of the Created Equal initiative at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, in September 2015. Recorded by the college's Pulliam Fellow Videographer, Ian Mullen ‘16.

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