Episode 21: Ep21: “Dare You Meet A Woman”. A conversation with Historian and Author Kellie Carter-Jackson about Black Women, Abolitionism, and Protective Violence in 1850-1859
In this episode, historian and author Kellie Carter-Jackson tells us about her new essay “‘Dare You Meet a Woman’: Black Women, Abolitionism, and Protective Violence, 1850-1859”
If you think America is tense now, you need to hear more stories about the Antebellum Era, especially just before the American Civil War started in 1861.
Kellie Carter-Jackson tells us the story of the Christiana Resistance. It’s interesting, when you look it up, this event is also referred to as the “Christiana Riot”. However, when you hear the story, it wasn’t a riot, it was self-defense and a resistance against the institution of slavery. It’s fascinating how one word can change historical context or push a narrative.
Kellie tells us Amelia R. M. Robinson who wrote an op ed in 1856 titled “Dare You Meet A Woman”. Black women were a major force in the fight against the institution of slavery. Kellie tells us stories of other black women whose actions or stories helped shine light on the horrors slavery when a lot of American citizens had no idea of the truth.
Kellie also tells us about the term “Protective Violence”, what that means, and why it’s important.
Kellie is the Author of Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence which was the Winner of the James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize.
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