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                                                  Public Program, Online Event Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North 8 July 2021.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Crystal Lynn Webster, University of Texas at San Antonio in conversation with Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/Capture.jpg

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                                                  For all that is known about the depth and breadth of African American history, we still understand surprisingly little about the lives of African American children. But hidden in institutional records, school primers and penmanship books, biographical sketches, and unpublished documents is a rich archive that reveals the social and affective worlds of northern Black children. Crystal Webster argues that young African Americans were frequently left outside the nineteenth century's emerging constructions of both race and childhood. They were marginalized in the development of schooling, ignored in debates over child labor, and presumed to lack the inherent innocence ascribed to white children. But Webster shows that Black children nevertheless carved out physical and social space for play, for learning, and for their own aspirations.

                                                   

                                                   

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                                                  Public Program, Tour Virtual Gallery Tour of Our Favorite Things Exhibition 9 July 2021.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online event Peter Drummey, MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/Screen_Shot_2021-06-28_at_4_15_07_PM.jpg

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                                                  Join Peter Drummey, Chief Historian and Stephen T. Riley Librarian, for a closer look at our newest online exhibition. With millions of letters, diaries, photographs, and objects in our holdings, the stories we can tell at the MHS are countless. Our Favorite Things connects a selection of compelling, captivating, and amusing items from our collection to the backgrounds, interests, and memories of the MHS staff. This virtual gallery tour will give online guests a closer look at a few of these staff-curated collection items and the remarkable stories they embody.

                                                   

                                                    

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                                                  Public Program Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence 13 July 2021.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM This program co-sponsored by the MHS and hosted by the Boston Athenaeum Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College This program is free for MHS Members/Fellows Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/Untitled.jpg

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                                                  In Force and Freedom, Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. Through rousing public speeches, the burgeoning black press, and the formation of milita groups, black abolitionist leaders mobilized their communities, compelled national action, and drew international attention. Drawing on the precedent and pathos of the American and Haitian Revolutions, African American abolitionists used violence as a political language and a means of provoking social change. Through tactical violence, black abolitionist leaders accomplished what white nonviolent abolitionists could not: creating the conditions that necessitated the Civil War. Force and Freedom takes readers beyond the honorable politics of moral suasion and the romanticism of the Underground Railroad and into an exploration of the agonizing decisions, strategies, and actions of the black abolitionists who, though lacking an official political voice, were nevertheless responsible for instigating monumental social and political change.

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                                                  Public Program, Online Event Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames 15 July 2021.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This program is a virtual film screening followed by discussion Barbara F. Berenson Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/IMG_9714.jpg

                                                  ​Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was an artist, an activist, a builder, an inventor, a birth control maverick, and a leader of the woman suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She was a woman of privilege who was not afraid to shock polite society. Her name doesn't appear in most American history books. This, too, is part of her story. Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames is a 55-minute documentary that chronicles the life of a woman who was born in the 19th century, worked to change the 20th century, and whose wisdom still resonates in the 21st century. A screening of the film will be followed by audience discussion with consulting historian Barbara F. Berenson.

                                                   

                                                   

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                                                  Public Program, Online Event, Conversation Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election 20 July 2021.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Stephen Kendrick in conversation with Larry Tye Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/81zNpMh3svL.jpg

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                                                  Less than three weeks before the 1960 presidential election, thirty-one-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested at a sit-in in Atlanta. While King’s imprisonment was decried as a moral scandal in some quarters and celebrated in others, for the two presidential candidates―John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon―it was the ultimate October surprise: an emerging civil rights leader was languishing behind bars, and the two campaigns raced to decide whether, and how, to respond. Nine Days is the first full recounting of an event that changed the course of one of the closest elections in American history. At once a story of electoral machinations, moral courage, and, ultimately, the triumph of a future president’s better angels, Nine Days is a gripping tale with important lessons for our own time.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

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                                                  Public Program, Online Event, Member Event Members/Fellows Virtual Gallery Tour of Our Favorite Things Exhibition 23 July 2021.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM MHS Members/Fellows Only Peter Drummey, MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/Screen_Shot_2021-06-28_at_4_15_07_PM.jpg

                                                  Join Peter Drummey, Chief Historian and Stephen T. Riley Librarian, for a closer look at our newest online exhibition. With millions of letters, diaries, photographs, and objects in our holdings, the stories we can tell at the MHS are countless. Our Favorite Things connects a selection of compelling, captivating, and amusing items from our collection to the backgrounds, interests, and memories of the MHS staff. This virtual gallery tour will give online guests a closer look at a few of these staff-curated collection items and the remarkable stories they embody.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

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                                                  Public Program, Author Talk, Online Event Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915 29 July 2021.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Jon Grinspan, National Museum of American History Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Spring_2021/91ld4qBbAnL.jpg

                                                  Democracy was broken. Or that was what many Americans believed in the decades after the Civil War. Shaken by economic and technological disruption, they sought safety in aggressive, tribal partisanship. The results were the loudest, closest, most violent elections in U.S. history, driven by vibrant campaigns that drew our highest-ever voter turnouts. At the century's end, reformers finally restrained this wild system, trading away participation for civility in the process. They built a calmer, cleaner democracy, but also a more distant one. Americans' voting rates crashed and never fully recovered. In telling the tale of what it cost to cool our republic, historian Jon Grinspan reveals our divisive political system's enduring capacity to reinvent itself.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

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