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Riot police outside US Capitol, Lorie Shaull https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riot_Police_(32451197205).jpg
Race and Political Violence in the United States: Historical Perspectives
As Americans continue to reflect on the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, what lessons can history provide? Violence has been a regrettable but regular feature of U.S. politics, often sparked by struggles over racial equity. Join us online for a wide-ranging conversation exploring intersections of race and political violence at critical historical moments.

Four expert speakers will reflect on how Americans have conceptualized and employed violence in changing political contexts: Black abolitionists' debates about the place of physical force in their movement; the political ramifications of slaveholder violence; public violence and the invention of the "vigilante"; and the racially-charged conflicts that mark our own era of Black Lives Matter and resurgent white supremacy.

Sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, History Department, Virginia Tech. Questions? Please contact Paul Quigley, pquigley@vt.edu

Feb 1, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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