"Citizens All" is the collaborative work of
the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of
Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC) and
the Center for Media and Instructional Innovation
at Yale University. Aimed at both students and teachers, this project illustrates the importance of local history in creating as well as challenging how national and global histories are retold. The stories of international history begin with local events, with the stories of individuals, real people and places in our own backyards.
The project provides a scholarly introduction to the history of slavery in Connecticut, the process of gradual emancipation, and the struggle for citizenship rights by free blacks and abolitionists both within and beyond the state's boundaries.
The story of African Americans' efforts to become full citizens raises important questions about the very definition of "citizenship" and the ideals upon which the United States was founded. We hope that the project contributes to larger discussions of issues such as freedom, education or citizenship and stimulates new discoveries about the legacies of slavery and racism at local, regional, national and international levels.
"Citizens All" grew out of GLC involvement with the US Partnership
of the UNESCO Transatlantic Slave Trade Education
Executive producers: David Blight (GLC), Paul Lawrence
Co-producers: Angela Keiser (GLC), David Hirsch
Anne Farrow, Peter Hinks, Donna McCalla, Thomas Thurston (GLC)
Video production and editing: Karyl Evans, Doug Forbush (CMI2), John
Minard, Keith Sandler, David Streit, Steve
Web design and development: James Milam and Chris Amelung (CMI2)
Special thanks to: Kaz Kazslowski and Nicole Chalfant,
Prudence Crandall Museum; Heather Morgan and
the staff of the Mark Twain Library; Matthew
Historical Society; staff of the Town of Greenwich
Historical Society (especially Heather Cotter,
Michele Couture, Teresa DeFlitch, Debra L.
Mecky, Nola Taylor, and Anne Young); staff
of the Stamford, CT Probate Court; American
Antiquarian Society; Readex/NewsBank; and our featured speakers Calista
Cleary, Donna McCalla, Wm. Frank Mitchell, and Jennifer Rycenga.
About The Gilder Lehrman Center
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition strives to make a vital contribution to the
understanding of slavery and its role in the development of the modern world. While the Center's primary focus has been on
scholarly research, it also seeks to bridge the divide between scholarship and public knowledge by opening channels of
communication between the scholarly community and the wider public. In collaboration with secondary schools, museums, parks,
historical societies, and other related institutions, the Center facilitates a locally rooted understanding of the global
impact of slavery.
For more information about the Gilder Lehrman Center, please see our
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