In Conversation With The Rosenbach Mini-Series: The Legacy of the Thirteenth Amendment: Douglas A. Blackmon

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Date / Time

  • November 15, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Douglas A. Blackmon will be speaking on “Our Persistent Past: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery and America’s Corruption of the 13th Amendment”

About the Author

Douglas A. Blackmon is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, scholar and filmmaker. His book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, won the Pulitzer-Prize and many other honors in 2009. He was a finalist for another Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for coverage in The Wall Street Journal of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and a member of the Journal staff awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Currently, he is a Professor of Practice in Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute and a senior fellow in presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, His first film, based on Slavery by Another Name, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. He is the co-author, with former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., of the forthcoming book, Pursuing Justice, (2019), and is currently producing “The Harvest,” a new film for broadcast on PBS in fall 2019 exploring the consequences of America’s failure to racially integrate public schools over the past 50 years.

About the Legacy of the Thirteenth Amendment Mini-Series

The Rosenbach collection includes an 1865 commemorative copy — signed by members of both houses of the United States Congress — of the proposal for Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. This series of programs will examine the historical circumstances of the amendment’s passage and the complicated legacy of the amendment, from Jim Crow to mass incarceration.

Join the Conversation

A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation With The Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers audience members a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions. In Conversation With The Rosenbach is supported by a grant from the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation.

Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.