Speaking

Jonathan has spoken at numerous conferences, including the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

Watch Jonathan describe the travails of black men in the U.S. army during the Civil War in “U.S. Colored Troops and Desertion during the Civil War.

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Full List of Speaking

INVITED LECTURES and WORKSHOPS

“Black Military Service during the American Civil War,” New-York Historical Society Colloquium, New York, New York, May 2019

“Black Rebels in Union Blue,” Weber State University History, Ogden, Utah, April 2019

“‘Lighting Up the Path of Liberty and Justice’: Black Abolitionists’ July Fourth Celebrations and the Construction of an Insurgent Nationalism, 1827-1865,” New School History Workshop, New York, New York, February 2019

“USCT Desertion,” Civil War Institute Summer Conference, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 2018

“African American Deserters and the Problem of Military Freedom in the American Civil War,” University of Texas, San Antonio, November 13, 2017

“Recruiting and Organizing African American Soldiers in the U.S. Civil War,” Historical Society of Pennsylvania Colloquium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 14, 2017

“Black Resistance in the Union Army,” Massachusetts Historical Society Colloquium, Boston, Massachusetts, August 17, 2016

“African American Desertion and Mutiny in the U.S. Civil War,” Connecticut Historical Society Colloquium, Hartford, Connecticut, May 26, 2016 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Conferences Organized

Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2017

Legal History Graduate Student Conference, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2016

Panels Organized

“Thought Currents in the Black Atlantic: Ideas of Mobility Among the Enslaved, Excluded, and Empowered,” African American Intellectual History Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2019 (accepted but not delivered)

“The Limitations of Frederick Douglass’ Freedom Vision,” Frederick Douglass Across and Against Times, Places, and Disciplines, Paris, France, 2018

“Freedom Tactics: Inventing Alternatives to Enslavement and Race in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Black Atlantic,” American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., 2018

“The Politics of Emancipation: Abolition from Above, Abolition from Below,” Society of Civil War Historians, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2016

Papers Presented

“‘Nature Marked Him for Combat’: Gender and Racial Politics in Frances Rollin’s Post-Civil War Biography of Martin Delany,” American Historical Association, New York, New York, 2020

“Slave Soldiers of the U.S. Civil War, Movement Amidst Emancipation, and the ‘Lure of Freedom,’” African American Intellectual History Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2019

“Deserting Douglass: Frederick Douglass’s Freedom Vision and the Slave Soldiers Who Fled Military Service,” Frederick Douglass Across and Against Times, Places, and Disciplines, Paris, France, 2018

“‘The Long List of Glory’: African American Intellectuals, Civil War History, and the Struggle for Freedom from Reconstruction to the Great War,” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, California, 2018

“Resistance Among Union Army Slave Soldiers,” American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., 2018

“Deserting Freedom: African American Runaways in the Union Army,” Southern Historical Association, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2016

“Black Mutineers and Freedom in the Union Army,” Society of Civil War Historians, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2016

“The Black Badge of Courage: The Intellectual History of Black Soldiers in the Civil War,” African American Intellectual History Society, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2016

“What, to the American Slave, is the Fourth of July?,” British American Nineteenth Century History Conference, Newcastle, England, 2012

“Conservatism, Fear, and All-American Rhetoric: Rush Limbaugh’s Keynote Address” Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Graduate Student Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, May 2010

Panel Comment

“Manhood & Empire,” Temple University Graduate Student History Conference, Philadelphia, 2012

Panel Chair

“Legal Movements: From Radicalism to New Conservatism,” Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference, Brown University, 2017

“Law, Labor, and Commerce,” Legal History Graduate Student Conference, Brown University, 2016

“Interpreting ‘Others,’” Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference, Brown University, 2015