Distinguished Lecturers
Thomas Dublin

Thomas Dublin

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Thomas Dublin is a U.S. social historian with an interest in gender, race and ethnicity, and class in the working-class experience. His research has focused on both the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century New England and deindustrialization in the Middle Atlantic region in the twentieth century. He has been publishing online for 25 years and has pioneered online research and teaching applications, creating an online database, Women and Social Movements, International 1840 to Present and coediting Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, a major online resource in U.S. women's history. Most recently, he has edited the crowdsourced online resource, Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. This database includes more than 3,600 biographical sketches of grassroots woman suffrage activists, including white and black suffragists, and mainstream and radical suffragists.

OAH Lectures by Thomas Dublin

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution—dating from the 4th of July 1776—there are calls across academia and the public for more inclusion of Native, Black, and Latinx Americans in the history of the nation’s founding. Yet, some scholars and social influencers argue that early U.S. history told from the perspective of broader voices of people who lived in eighteenth-century North America represents a “woke” agenda, critical race theory, or a disruptive form of “political correctness.” This lecture illuminates the important ways that inclusion of voices from silenced founders, alongside those of more familiar figures, offers scholars, students, and the American public a richer, fuller appreciation for just how revolutionary the American Revolution and those who initiated it were.

The United States and Haiti were the first two modern nation-states established in the Western Hemisphere. Both nations were birthed from revolutions that produced exemplar declarations of independence and constitutions. Still, the history of the United States is told as a predominantly “white” history, and Haiti’s narrative is characterized as “Black” history. This lecture tells a different story. Shared histories of the United States and Haiti can put into sharp relief the realities, contradictions, and challenges of a dynamic, western Atlantic World emerging from beneath European colonization. Viewing the intertwined beginnings and sometimes violent, political evolutions in both nations can shed needed light on the mutual importance and present responsibilities of the United States and Haiti, one to the other.


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