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2022 CHARLES JACKSON MEMORIAL LECTURE ON SEPTEMBER 22: KATE MASUR

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5:30 PM

WHERE: Mossman Building, Room 102 | University of Tennessee Campus

Free & Open to the Public


The Department of History is pleased to present the 2022 Charles Jackson Memorial Lecture with a talk by Kate Masur, the Board of Visitors Professor of History at Northwestern University.

In the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the abolition of slavery in the northern states forced a reckoning with questions of race, rights, and citizenship. Kate Masur illuminates the nation’s first civil rights movement, showing how Black and white Americans fought for racial equality at the state and federal levels. Activists pushed their cause from the margins to the center of northern politics, and these antebellum struggles gave shape to the nation’s first federal civil rights measures: the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Fourteenth Amendment.


Kate Masur is the Board of Visitors Professor of History at Northwestern University. She currently co-edits the Journal of the Civil War Era and is working with illustrator Liz Clarke on a graphic history of Reconstruction in the Washington, DC, region. Her 2021 book, Until Justice Be Done, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history, won the John Nau Book Prize, and was named a New York Times critics’ pick for 2021.