How Enslaved African Americans Embraced the New Republic’s Symbols of Freedom Before the Civil War ‹ Literary Hub


Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now.

In this episode, Andrew talks to Matthew Clavin, the author of Symbols of Freedom, about the way in which African American slaves were inspired by the American symbols of independence in their fight for true freedom.

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Matthew J. Clavin is Professor of History at the University of Houston and the author of The Battle of Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave CommunityAiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers, and Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution.

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