This year’s Constitution Day Lecture, Forrest Nabors, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at UAA, spoke on the subject, “The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery.”
Was the original U.S. Constitution of 1787 pro-slavery or anti-slavery? Why did the abolition of slavery require a constitutional amendment? How should Americans remember the “peculiar institution” 150 years after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment? Nabors answered these questions in his lecture. Nabors is the author of an article on this subject, titled “How the Antislavery Constitution Won the Civil War,” forthcoming in New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, vol. 10, issue 2. His book-length manuscript The Great Task of Reconstruction is the product of ten years of research and is now being considered for publication.
Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the annual Constitution Day Lecture is free and open to the public.
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