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Re: "Reacting to the Past" Removes Frederick Douglass Role-play from print version

After the Civil War, the great abolitionist Wendell Phillips warned that while slavery was dead "the master survives." I see from the expurgated explanation offered by "co-general editor" Carnes that the master still reigns in New York and North Carolina. The revealing words of John C. Calhoun are now too inflammatory for white students? Does Prof Carnes actually believe that African Americans are unaware of what white people have said about them and do to them every week? Who exactly does Prof. Carnes think he is now protecting?

Re: "Reacting to the Past" Removes Frederick Douglass Role-play from print version

Dear Mark Carnes:

We thank you most sincerely for your highly detailed account of how and why you and your colleagues decided to cancel publication of our Frederick Douglass, Slavery and the Constitution:1845. That’s because (much to our surprise) it buttresses our conclusion that your decision was driven by fears of White fragility, Black backlash and White supremacist manipulation. 

CFP: David Center for the American Revolution Seminar Series 2022-2023

The David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society invites proposals for works-in-progress for its 2022-2023 seminar series.  We welcome proposals from individuals focusing on any aspect of the American Revolution and its era, especially the cause, course, consequence, and experiences of the event (1750-1820).