Immigration and Urban History Seminar "Pretended love of personal liberty": Antislavery, Nativism, and Deportation Policy in Antebellum Massachusetts 29 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Hidetaka Hirota, Boston College Comment: Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire

This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish nativism reached its zenith with the rise of nativist politicians, the Know Nothings, in state politics. In particular, it examines the contradiction between the defense of African Americans’ personal liberty and the seizure of Irish immigrants by exposing the tangible presence of nativist force in the antislavery movement.