As former slaves struggled to become citizens, they redefined citizenship for all Americans. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, fulfilling the long-held aspirations of African Americans.

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Professor Jones holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law. Her most recent book, “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.


Martha Jones
Birthright Citizens: A History of Race & Rights in Antebellum America


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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