“Seeing Slavery in Children’s Literature” Lecture by Paula Connolly

Please join us for the lecture

“Seeing Slavery in Children’s Literature”

November 2 – 4:00 PM

DUC 276

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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 Paula Connolly, Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte will explore how visual representations of slavery have been used to educate children on issues of race in America.

Also featured will be a display of children’s books from the Rare Books Children’s Literature Collection dealing with the subject of race. Several of the titles are discussed in Professor Connolly’s book.

Paula Connolly, Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte, is the author of Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790-2010 and Winnie-the-Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner: Recovering Arcadia.

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

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