Keynote Address by:
Franklin W. Knight, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Keynote address for:
Abolishing Slavery in the Atlantic World: the
‘Underground Railroad’ in the Americas, Africa, and Europe
Organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9am
Bush Memorial, Russell Sage College, Troy, New York
Information at: www.ugrworkshop.com
The story of slavery and abolition is most often told within national and
regional frames, and focuses mostly on the anti-slavery outlooks and
actions of elite figures who were not themselves enslaved. Professor
Knight, a specialist in the slave societies of the Americas and beyond, is
very familiar with the very different perspectives of the enslaved to
these questions. In his talk, he will discuss the lives, outlooks, and
actions of enslaved people as they survived, resisted, and fought to
overthrow the detested system that held them in bondage.
Conference registration online is ready. Register early!
Join the 10th anniversary conference celebrating and preserving Underground Railroad history in its national and international context
and its relationship with us today.
It’s the place to be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8, 9, and 10
Registration available at www.ugrworkshop.com or by calling 518-432-4432
Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he has taught since 1973. He
studied at University College of the West Indies and the University of
Wisconsin in Madison. He has received fellowships from the Social Science
Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center
for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Ford Foundation, and
the National Humanities Center.
Knight has numerous publications on the social, political and cultural
aspects of Latin America and Caribbean history, and on comparative
American slavery. His major published works include Slave Society in Cuba
during the Nineteenth Century (Wisconsin 1970), The African Dimension of
Latin American Societies (Macmillan, 1974), and the seminal The Caribbean:
The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism (Oxford, 1978; 2nd Edition,
revised 1990), a new translation of Bartolomé de Las Casas, An
Introduction, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies (Hackett,
2003), as well as with Teresita Martinez Vergne, Contemporary Caribbean
Cultures and Societies in a Global Context, (Chapel Hill, 2005).
Additionally, he has written over eighty scholarly articles, chapters, and
forewords, and more than 140 book reviews. He has consulted on and
participated in radio productions with the BBC and NPR, television shows
with PBS, and a number of documentary films.