History Department Lectures in Inclusive History: "Freedom Unbounded: Fugitives from Slavery and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Border"

On Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Location: Science 111


This Lecture is for the General Public


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Freedom Unbounded: Fugitives from Slavery and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Border

More than a million people cross the border each year from Mexico into the United States. But there was a time when a significant wave of migrants preferred to cross the other way, from the United States into Mexico. Mexico was a site of freedom unbounded for enslaved people in the American South before the Civil War. Felix Haywood, born into slavery himself, summed it up best. “In Mexico you could be free, they didn’t care what color you was…” The U.S.-Mexico border was a gateway to freedom, and many people looking to better their lives crossed the boundary. Join us for the inaugural Lecture in Inclusive History to learn about the people who migrated to Mexico before the Civil War, what their lives were like there, and how Mexico grappled with their arrival.


Contact Name: James Nichols

Contact Phone: 718-281-5018‚Äč

Contact Email: jnichols@qcc.cuny.edu

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