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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Eric Foner
In conversation with Randall Kennedy
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Episode Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and consultant on the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave discusses his latest book, which unearths extraordinary findings from Columbia University’s archives to shed new light on the Underground Railroad. Join Foner in conversation with Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy for an illuminating look at the fraught history of American slavery and the courageous acts of individuals who defied the law in the fight for freedom decades before the Civil War. 


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Participant(s) Bio

Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. His most recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as well as the Lincoln and Bancroft Prizes.


Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of six books, including, most recently, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law. He is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia and a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law.