What is Historians Against Slavery? It is “a group of scholars who bring historical context and scholarship to the modern-day antislavery movement in order to inform activism and develop collaborations to sustain and enhance such efforts.” The organization was founded in 2011 by noted historian of abolitionism James Brewer Stewart. The current co-directors are Stacey Robertson at Central Washington University and Matthew Mason at Brigham Young University.
It is a group that you should now about.
Those connected with Historians Against Slavery are meeting this weekend at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. It looks like a great conference. The conference theme is “Using History to Make Slavery History.” Presenters and moderators include Ed Baptist, Paul Finkelman, Randall Miller, David Blight, among other U.S. and international scholars.
You can follow the conference on Twitter #has15. Here are a few tweets that caught my attention:
1. Hearing many at #has15 making point “modern abolitionists” use antislavery to accomplish different ends. As if old abolitionists didn’t.
— Caleb McDaniel (@wcaleb) September 26, 2015
K-R: Abolitionist propaganda was effective. Scholars have to challenge it, but that doesn’t mean activists should use it #has15
— HAS (@HASlavery) September 26, 2015
— Stacey M. Robertson (@RobertsonAuthor) September 25, 2015