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Think Forum: Martha S. Jones (2020)

Resource guide for the Think Forum speaking engagement, and Carl W. Ubbelohde Lecture, of Martha S. Jones.

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The Kelvin Smith Library provides the campus community with access to world-class research collections, technology-equipped classrooms and meeting spaces, state-of-the-art digital resources, and even a café. In support of the Think Forum lecture series, the library offers a selection of resources accessible through this “research guide.”

This guide was prepared for the Think Forum lecture — presented as the Carl W. Ubbelohde Lecture in partnership with the CWRU History Associates and the Department of History — on Thursday, October 22, 2020, with Martha S. Jones, author, historian, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. Her work as a legal and cultural historian focuses on how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.

This Kelvin Smith Library Research Guide offers a variety of information below, plus more on these additional pages:


American historian and legal scholar, Martha S. Jones, J.D., PhD, is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She studies the legal and cultural history of the United States, with a particular focus on how Black Americans have shaped the history of American democracy.

Martha S. Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), winner of the Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy Award for the best book in civil rights history, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American legal history, and the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid book award for the best book in Anglo-American legal history. Professor Jones is also author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (2007) and a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), together with many important articles and essay. 

As a public historian, Jones frequently writes for other publications, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time. In addition, she has collaborated on a variety of museum, film, and video productions.

In her Think Forum lecture, Jones will address the journey from suffrage to voting rights for African American women over the past 200 years.

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