The Boston College McMullen Museum of Art presents Harvard University Professor Alejandro de la Fuente, who will give a virtual presentation on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. on his book, Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Becoming Free, Becoming Black, which de la Fuente co-authored with Ariela J. Gross, tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Looking closely at three slave societies—Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana—the authors demonstrates that the law of freedom—not slavery—established the meaning of blackness in law. A historian of Latin America and the Caribbean who specializes in the study of comparative slavery and race relations, de la Fuente’s works on race, slavery, law, art, and Atlantic history have been published in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French. Registration for the Zoom lecture at: https://tinyurl.com/3s7u9ehs.
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