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California, A Slave State

California, A Slave State
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Morris Library, Class of 1941 Lecture Room
Jean Pfaelzer
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About this Event

Join Professor Jean Pfaelzer to explore the untold history of slavery and resistance in California over 250 years, from the Spanish missions, indentured Native American ranch hands, Indian boarding schools, Black miners, kidnapped Chinese prostitutes and convict laborers to victims of modern trafficking.

Pfaelzer will speak to research and interviews that upend the understanding of slavery as a North-South struggle and reveal how the enslaved in California, fought, fled and resisted human bondage. Pfaelzer’s book, California, A Slave State, will be available for purchase through the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore before and after the lecture.

Jean Pfaelzer is professor emerita of English, Women and Gender Studies, and Asian Studies at the University of Delaware. She is an internationally recognized scholar and public intellectual in the fields of American history, Asian American studies, cultural and literary studies, gender studies, and slavery.


This in-person event is part of our Scholar in the Library series. It is free and open to the public.

Registration is required as seating is limited. This event will not be recorded.

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