Massachusetts Historical Society


Teaching White Supremacy: America's Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity


Donald Yacovone in conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The celebrity speaker reception begins at 5:00 PM (purchase tickets below). The general reception starts at 5:30 PM. The program begins at 6:00 PM.

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In Teaching White Supremacy, Donald Yacovone shows us the clear evidence of white supremacy’s deep-seated roots in our nation’s education system using an in-depth examination of a wide assortment of texts, from primary readers to college textbooks and other higher-ed course materials. Sifting through a wealth of materials, from the colonial era to today, Yacovone reveals the systematic ways in which white supremacist ideology has infiltrated American culture and how it has been at the heart of our collective national identity. He argues that it is the North that bears the greater responsibility for creating the dominant strain of race theory, inculcated throughout the culture and in school textbooks, that restricted and repressed African Americans and other minorities. He will be joined by Harvard professor, historian, and film maker Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a probing look at this work and a discussion of how we can use this history to improve our futures.

Attend a Special Reception with the Speakers - Special Reception on 2 November is SOLD OUT!

Join us for an intimate reception with our featured speakers. Enjoy libations, hors d’oeuvres, and lively conversation before the program as well as reserved seating at the program. The reception begins at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $250 and include admission to the program. Space is limited to 35 guests.

In October and November, join us for two other celebrity speaker receptions. On 28 October Sara Georgini asks Stacy Schiff about her latest book, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams. On 16 November, Megan Marshall interviews Lydia Moland about Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life.

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The celebrity speaker reception starts at 5:00 PM.

The in-person general reception starts at 5:30 PM; the program begins at 6:00 PM.

Masks are required inside the MHS building. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.

The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on Youtube Live. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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