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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of Afro-American Studies, director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and author of seminal works on African American literary criticism and history. In The Bondwoman’s Narrative he brings into view one of the most important lost texts in the African American literary tradition, an autobiographical novel by a fugitive slave, Hannah Crafts.
Historian James G. Basker (Barnard College, Columbia University) discusses his latest book, American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation (The Library of America, 2012).
Historian James Oakes (The Graduate Center, City University of New York) addresses the question of agency in emancipation—who freed the slaves?
James Oliver Horton, the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University, and Lois E. Horton, Professor of Sociology at George Mason University, explore the human dimension of the inhumane institution of American slavery and trace the rise of Jim Crow as a new means of racial control.