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Book Talk with Alaina Roberts: I’ve Been Here All the While

May 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

Departing from the traditional story of Reconstruction, discover the connections between the debates about Black freedom and Native American citizenship to westward expansion onto Native land. As Black ,white, and Native people constructed ideas of race, belonging, and national identity, this part of the West became, for a short time, the last place where Black people could escape Jim Crow, finding land and exercising political rights, until Oklahoma Statehood in 1907.

Alaina E. Roberts is a historian of African American and Native American life in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. She is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Roberts holds a Doctorate in History from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her first book, I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in April 2021.