AHA Annual Meeting

Abstract of the Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting: “White Freedom and the Lady of Liberty”

Tyler Stovall, November 2017

Wikimedia CommonsThe Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous and recognizable images of freedom in the modern world and a cherished national icon of the United States. My address will consider an important yet usually unacknowledged part of the statue’s history—its role as a racial symbol. Looking at both the statue’s origins in France and its history as a public monument in America, I will explore its broader significance to the racialized nature of freedom in the modern world.

The presidential address will take place on Friday, January 5, 2018, at 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Marriott Wardman Park’s Marriott Ballroom Salon 3.

Tyler Stovall is president of the AHA.


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