Washington Early American Seminar Series Fall 2020

September 18: 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Our first presenters for the Washington Early American Seminar this fall are Sarah Barringer Gordon (U-Penn History Department and Law School) and Kevin Waite (Durham University, UK). They will discuss their paper, entitled,  "Westward on the Tortured Path: The Law of Freedom and Slavery in California and Utah." In it they explore the tortured path of the expansion of slavery in the far western U.S. in the 1850s.

A brief comment will be provided by Joanna Katie Labor (UMD).



October 23: 4 p.m. via Zoom and in partnership with the Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Travis Glasson (Temple University): “'A ‘Neutral and Equivocal Character’: Peter Van Schaack and the Price of Conscience in the American Revolution." Respondent: Derek Litvak (Maryland)


Oct 30-Oct 31: WEAS Mini-Conference. Details TBA


November 13: 4 p.m. via Zoom. Marcus P. Nevius (University of Rhode Island): “'An Intire Tax': Dismal Plantation and the Question of Petit Marronage, 1760s to the 1790s." Respondent: Taylor Kocher (Maryland)