OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Kenneth S. Greenberg

Portrait of Kenneth S. Greenberg

Kenneth S. Greenberg is Distinguished Professor of History at Suffolk University. He is the author of a number of books about enslavement in America including Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting, and Gambling in the Old South (1996); Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (2003); The Confessions of Nat Turner, Second Edition (2016); and Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery (1985). He is also a coproducer and a cowriter of the film, "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," co-written with academy winner Charles Burnett and academy award nominated Frank Christopher; nationally screened on pbs.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Screening of "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," a one hour film nationally broadcast on PBS. Greenberg co-wrote, co-produced and was the historian on the film. Film followed by Greenberg talking and about the similarities and differences between telling a story on film and in print. Also, discussion of Nate Parker's new feature film on Nat Turner -- "The Birth of a Nation."
Lecture on the history and meaning of the duel in the Old South. This will include connections to the larger meaning of "honor" and the coming of the Civil War.