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Date and Location

April 15, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
David Ellwood Democracy Lab (r-414)


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​​By looking west, Jean Pfaelzer upends the North-South history of slavery in the U.S.. She reveals the links between genocide and human bondage and describes how, over 250 years, the enslaved in California fought and fled. Native Americans, Chinese immigrants, and African Americans who were marched across the plains from the plantation South, resisted slavery, forged a West Coast underground railroad, rebelled against the new carceral state, demanded reparations, and birthed the first Civil Rights movement in California.

Speakers and Presenters

Jean Pfaelzer