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March 22 – Contrary to the Law of Nature: The Missouri Crisis & Politics of Slavery, a One-Day Symposium

Register now for Contrary to the Law of Nature: The Missouri Crisis & the Politics of Slavery, a one-day symposium marking the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Missouri Crisis of 1819. It will meet at the CUNY-Graduate Center on Friday, March 22, 2019 and is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, and a stand-by line will be available the day of the symposium.

All panels take place in the Elebash Recital Hall on the first floor of the CUNY-Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Doors open at 8:15am, opening remarks begin at 8:45am.

The symposium will investigate the place of the Missouri Crisis (1819-1821) in the history of the early American republic and its role in shaping the politics of slavery and antislavery. The event features:

Panel 1: The Lead Up to the Crisis (9:00-10:30): Sarah Gronningsater (University of Pennsylvania); Francois Furstenberg (Johns Hopkins University); Reeve Huston (Duke University)

Panel 2: The Missouri Crisis and President James Monroe (10:30-12:00): John Craig Hammond (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington); Robert Pierce Forbes (Southern Connecticut State University); Michael McManus (independant scholar).

LUNCH (on own): 12:00-1:30

Panel 3: The Aftermath of the Crisis (1:30-3:00): Andrew Shankman (Rutgers University-Camden); Matthew Mason (Brigham Young University); David Waldstreicher (CUNY-Graduate Center)

Panel 4: Closing Roundtable (3:15-4:30): Kate Masur (Northwestern University); James Oakes (CUNY-Graduate Center); Jeffrey Pasley (University of Missouri).

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The symposium is sponsored by King Manor Museum, the historic home of Rufus King; CUNY-Graduate Center; and the New-York Historical Society.

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