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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Joanne Pope Melish

Joanne Pope MelishJoanne Pope Melish is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches American and African American history. Her research focuses on slavery, emancipation, and the development of racial ideologies from the colonial period through Reconstruction, especially in the northern colonies and states. She is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860 (1998) and is currently working on book project provisionally entitled “Making Black Communities” that investigates how and why the mixed-race neighborhoods of laboring poor in northern cities began to be characterized as “black” and targeted by hostile white mobs in the early nineteenth century