Maurice Jackson

jacksonmMaurice Jackson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. Raised in Newport News, Virginia, and the Piney Woods of Alabama, Jackson came to Georgetown after spending many years active in the Civil Rights Movement. In the 1970s Jackson worked in the national legislative office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Since then, he has been involved in community affairs, serving as a delegate to the D.C. Constitutional Convention and an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. Jackson has played leading roles in the anti-war movements, the fight for undocumented workers and the homeless, and for jobs, education, and equality. His manuscript, Anthony Benezet: Founding Father of Atlantic Emancipation, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2008. The work is an intellectual and social history of the transatlantic fight against slavery triggered by the French-born Huguenot, Anthony Benezet. Other forthcoming works include his article “‘Friends of the Negro! Fly with me, The path is open to the sea’: Remembering the Haitian Revolution in the History, Music and Culture of the African American People,” which will appear in Early American Studies (2008), and the chapter “The Rise of Abolition,” which will appear in The Atlantic World, 1450-2000 (2008). Jackson will soon begin work on two new projects. The first is Race over Reason: The Social, Intellectual and Political Foundations of America’s Abandonment of its Black Brethren in the Aftermath of the Revolutionary War. The second is a social and cultural history of African Americans in Washington, D.C.


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