‘Seeing Slavery in American Children’s Literature’

  • November 2, 2016 • 4 PM
  • DUC 276

Join us for a lecture by Paula Connolly, Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte, and author of Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790-2010. Once a significant tool of both anti- and pro-slavery advocates, American children’s literature has continued to encapsulate and present often vying definitions of nationhood and race. Beginning with early 1790 illustrations and ending with current controversial texts, such as A Birthday Cake for George Washington (2016), this presentation by Connolly will explore how visual representations of slavery have been used to educate children on issues of race in America.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Children’s Studies Minor, and Washington University Libraries.