Amrita Chakrabarti Myers: “…they would have been abolitionists.”

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On November 18, 2016, in light of the recent election, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, associate professor of history at Indiana University-Bloomington offered this reminder on Facebook of what standing up against injustice has meant, across time and place.

I’ve often heard people say that if they’d been alive during slavery, they would have been abolitionists.
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BOOK: Myers on Free Women of Color in Antebellum Charleston

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston. University of North Carolina Press, 2011. From UNC Press: For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. In this deeply researched social history, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their … Continue reading BOOK: Myers on Free Women of Color in Antebellum Charleston