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Jewish and African American Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed
Why do Americans tend to separate their dead along communal lines rooted in faith, race, ethnicity, or social standing? Join us for a presentation by Dr. Kami Fletcher and Dr. Allan Amanik, editors of the anthology “Till Death do us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed” (University Press of Mississippi/Jackson, 2020) as they discuss the physical and symbolic borders of America’s ethnic cemeteries and what these divisions reveal about American history. Drs. Amanik and Fletcher will share the histories behind the development of New York’s Jewish cemeteries and the 1807 founding of Baltimore’s African Burying Ground, and what the physical and invisible borders of these cemeteries tell us about how Americans negotiated race, ethnicity, religion, class, and national origin in the 19th century.

Dec 1, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Allan Amanik
Allan Amanik assistant professor in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is author of “Dust to Dust: A History of Jewish Death and Burial in New York.”
Kami Fletcher
Kami Fletcher is associate professor of African American and US history at Albright College. She is author of “The Niagara Movement: The Black Protest Reborn.”