Community Interest

Abolitionizing Missouri: St. Louis Germans and the Debate over Slavery

Kristen Anderson, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Politics, &  International Relations at Webster University will be the Boone-Duden Historical Society’s guest speaker on June 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Femme Osage United Church of Christ.

Dr. Anderson specializes in 19th century U.S. social history, in particular the participation of immigrants in the Civil War and debates over slavery. She is currently working on a new book project examining how German immigrants remembered and commemorated their Civil War participation.  Her publications include Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in 19th Century America, “German Americans, African Americans, and the Republican Party in St. Louis, 1865-1872” in the Journal of American Ethnic History (vol. 28, no. 1), and “‘Wir auch im Süden halten Wacht’: Ethnic Germans and Civil War Commemoration in Nineteenth-Century Charleston” in The South Carolina Historical Magazine.

 This is a great opportunity for you to hear Dr. Anderson’s accounts of how German immigrants provided support for emancipation that existed among whites in our region, revealing that the Germans reputation for being antislavery was for the most part deserved, but the reasons they opposed slavery and the ways in which they did so were much more complex than   that simple statement suggests.

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