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“The Evolution of Freedom: Free People of Color in the Revolutionary South”

December 8, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0

OI Colloquium with Warren Milteer

This paper explores the changes in the social and political situation of free people of color in the U.S. South as well as the colonies of Louisiana and Florida during the age of Revolutions. It investigates the explosion in manumissions across the U.S. South as well as the backlash to the growing numbers of free people of color in the region.

Warren Eugene Milteer, Jr. is an assistant professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 and is the author of North Carolina’s Free People of Color, 1715-1885 (LSU Press, 2020). He is currently working on a broader study of free people of color in the U.S. South, which is currently under contract. His publications include articles in the Journal of Social History and the North Carolina Historical Review. He was the recipient of the Historical Society of North Carolina’s R. D. W. Connor Award in 2014 and 2016 for the best journal article in the North Carolina Historical Review.


The OI’s Colloquium Series is an ongoing seminar for scholars to present their work in progress for graduate students and colleagues.  Advanced registration is required. All participants read the pre-circulated  paper and prepare to engage in generous and generative feedback.

When we meet in person we are limited by the size of the OI’s conference room; online we limit registration to 40 (a typical size for the colloquium). No recordings are made of the discussions and no tweeting or posting on other social media platforms during the event is permitted in order to encourage this intellectual community of trusted exchange.


Contact Beverly Smith to receive your copy.