Mass Historical Society: The Elusive Quest: African-American Emigration to Haiti and the Struggle for Full Citizenship in the United States, 1815-1865


Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215

Westenley Alcenat, Columbia University and MIT

This project explores the experience and radicalism of the African-American settlers who emigrated to Haiti throughout the nineteenth century. It focuses on how this migration movement influenced African-American and Haitian political thought and the transnational struggle for Black citizenship before and during the American Civil War.