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Of Slaves, Sharecroppers, and Convicts: Unsettling Clemson University’s History

November 7, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Rhondda Thomas, Associate Professor
Department of English, Clemson University

This talk examines the unsettling of Clemson University’s sanitized approach to history through a scholar-activist’s recovery of the stories of enslaved and sharecropping African Americans who labored on the land—John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation—upon which the institution was built by a predominately African American convict labor crew; Clemson student activists’ demands to the administration for greater transparency and a more diverse and inclusive community; and the Clemson Trustees’ consciousness awakening experience regarding Clemson history during debates that led to the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds following the Charleston 9 massacre.

Co-hosted by the Local Americanists Group and the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies


November 7, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tawes Hall 2115
7751 Alumni Dr
College Park, MD 20742 United States
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