OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Portrait of Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Erica 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 Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is the author most recently of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017), a finalist for the National Book Award.

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