Freedom: A History of US
Aired: May 29, 2011
Freedom is one of the defining concepts of American history and culture, embodied in our founding documents and mounted on our national monuments. Yet, freedom means something different for various social groups, which had led to clashes where both sides invoke the term to justify their position. In this episode, Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of The Story of American Freedom (1998), and Dr. Beryl Satter, professor of history at Rutgers—Newark, discuss how the idea of freedom has changed in the U.S. over time. From slave owners who argued that slavery was a source of freedom, to Supreme Court decisions about the legality of restricting housing by race, freedom has been a continual source of debate and conflict. Both Dr. Foner and Dr. Satter are speakers for the tour of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s exhibition, Freedom: A History of US, which will be at the Springfield Public Library, Springfield, New Jersey, June 25-July 21, 2011.
To Learn More Visit:
- NJCH Grants which support projects like the lecture and film series at the Springfield Public Library.
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s online exhibitions, incluing Freedom: A History of US.
- Springfield Public Library for information on the lectures and film screenings as part of Freedom: A History of US.
- Dr. Eric Foner’s website, for more information on his publications, teaching and speaking engagements.
- Dr. Beryl Satter’s author page at Macmillan, with information on her books, including Family Properties: Race, Real Estate and the Exploitation of Black Urban America.