Richard J. M. Blackett

Richard J. M. Blackett

Richard Blackett holds the Andrew Jackson Chair of History at Vanderbilt University and was the visiting Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University in 2013–2014. His research focuses on the place of African Americans in the Atlantic world, particularly their efforts to end slavery and racial discrimination. He is the author, most recently, of Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery (2013) and The Captive’s Quest for Freedom. Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery (2018).


  • African Americans and the Anglo-American Abolitionist Movement
  • African Americans, the British Working Class, and the Struggle for Freedom in the United States
  • British Popular Reaction to the American Civil War
  • Community Resistance to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law


“A ‘Duet with John Bull’: African Americans and the Struggle to Win British Support for the Union”

This lecture was presented as part of the Stanton Sharp Lecture Series, sponsored by the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University. Recorded by Kathleen Tibbetts in April 2011.

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