The Tuttle Lecture Analysis

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The Tuttle lecture sponsored Dr. Quintard Taylor who greatly contributed in not only raising awareness for but also putting together historical data and information about African American history. His lecture started with introducing the website he helped put together. Then he moved on to stating that there are a lot of importance in Kansas-Missouri boarder, especially Lawrence. He then moved onto talking about black history. By 1860, North was already a free state contrary to South where slavery was supported. there were many debates at the time fighting over western territories which was viewed as the grand prize to both south and the west. Although north and south had ongoing conflicts regarding slavery, African Americans resisted slavery in many…show more content…
Not only that, founders of Kansas were abolitionists. Kansas was the only territory in the nation where white men went into slave states risking their lives to free black men. They were involved in the Quantrill's Raiders where people were killed in Lawrence because they supported slavery. Dr. Taylor continued to speak about importance of Lawrence to history of African Americans. Groups such as Kansas emancipation league or Kansas federation of colored women's clubs were gathered to assist with African Americans get their freedom. Union army also recruited freed slaves to fight for their freedom. There also was first colored convention held in Leavenworth. African Americans wanted to become full citizens with goals to achieve universal male suffrage and access to public education. This lecture could be well connected to topics we have been discussing in our class about African Americans and American identity. It could also be read from Eula Biss's book The Notes from No Man's Land. The Tuttle lecture along with class and the book led me to a grand conclusion that African Americans had a lot to contribute into today's American
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