Scholars Lecture – No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding

  • March 14, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm

Thursday, March 14. Sean Wilentz, No Property in Man:  Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding.  Rather than presenting the Constitution as a cynical political bargain enshrining slavery in the new nation, Wilentz argues that it actually restricted slavery’s legitimacy, and kept alive the eventual possibility of antislavery politics at the national level.  Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton, author of seven other books and co-author or editor of many more, and the winner of multiple prizes and awards, including the Bancroft and Pulitzer (finalist).  He is also historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.


  • March 14, 20196:30 pm–8:30 pm