Seeing Slavery in American Children's Literature

When: Wed., Nov. 2, 4 p.m. 2016

Nov 2, 2016 4:00 PM DUC 276 Once a significant tool of both anti- and pro-slavery advocates, American children’s literature has continued to encapsulate and present often vying definitions of nationhood and race. Beginning with early 1790 illustrations and ending with current controversial texts--such as A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON (2016)--this presentation by Paula Connolly, Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte will explore how visual representations of slavery have been used to educate children on issues of race in America. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Children’s Studies Minor, and Washington University Libraries.