Back Black Writers of the Founding Era, with James G. Basker and Annette Gordon-Reed


Tuesday, February 6—The story told and retold about America’s founding often excludes the Black communities that existed during the Revolution and the early republic. Black Writers of the Founding Era, a new volume from Library of America, changes that.

Inspired by the struggle for independence, Black Americans made bold, insightful contributions to debates about the meaning of the Revolution and the future of the new nation. Join James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed for an eye-opening conversation about a vibrant and little-known aspect of American life and writing during a crucial formative period.

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We thank our promotional partners: the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics & Writers; the American Historical Association; the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research; the Museum of the American Revolution; the National Council for History Education (NCHE); and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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