The Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries Presents Tamika Nunley

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Date Thursday, April 15, 2021

Time 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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Tamika Y. Nunley, Associate Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, Law & Society, at Oberlin College will discuss her recent book At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. Drawing on newspapers, government documents, letters, abolitionist records, legislation, and memoirs, Professor Nunley traces how Black women navigated social and legal proscriptions to develop their own ideas about liberty as they escaped from slavery, initiated freedom suits, created entrepreneurial economies, pursued education, and participated in political work. In telling these stories, Nunley places Black women at the vanguard of the history of Washington, D.C., and the momentous transformations of nineteenth-century America.