Sept. 25 Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture

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Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture at the Massachusetts Historical Society


Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 5:15 PM


Victoria Wolcott, State University of New York at Buffalo

Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement

Comment: Jason Sokol, University of New Hampshire


This paper examines how radical pacifists refined nonviolent direct action to challenge racial segregation and inequality in the United States. These activists adopted the methods of earlier utopian communities by living communally and practicing a prefigurative politics that called for immediate change.


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Unless stated, all seminars take place at the Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, and commence at 5:15 PM. After each session the Society will provide a light buffet supper. In case of inclement weather, phone 617-536-1608 for information.


As in the past, the essays are available to subscribers as PDFs through the seminar’s webpage, Subscribe to the 2018-2019 series online via this page. A $25 subscription allows access to the full series of papers for the year, as well as the papers for the Boston Seminar on African American History, the Boston Area Seminar on Early American History, and the Boston Seminar on Environmental History. Papers are posted a few weeks before the session; the Sept. 25 paper is now online.


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