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"Liberty or Death? Rome, Slavery, and the Flawed Rhetoric of the American Revolution"

Maryland Room, 0100 Marie Mount Hall
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

On Monday, October 13, 2014, the Classics Department will sponsor a talk by Prof. Margaret Malamud of New Mexico State University.  She will will argue that abolitionists invoked the Revolutionary generation’s fight for liberty from the British Crown and its Roman allusions and comparisons and adapted or subverted them for the black struggle for freedom. Rather than rejecting Roman or Greek societies outright because they were slave-holding societies, many abolitionists instead deployed figures and images from Roman antiquity in their own struggles against the despotism of chattel slavery.

Prof. Malamud's talk is co-sponsored by the Department of History.