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Joseph Dana Allen Library

Poly is excited to host the next speaker in our Poly Context series This salon-like speaker series helps to shed light on the events of today by looking at them through a historical lens. RSVP is required

Dr. Manisha Sinha is professor of history and the James L. and Shirley Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.

Dr. Sinha was born in India and received her Ph.D. from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for more than 20 years. Dr. Sinha’s research interests lie in United States history, especially the transnational histories of slavery and abolition and the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction. 

In The New York Times review of The Slave’s Cause, Ira Berlin wrote, “…she turns her attention from the slave masters to their greatest opponents, and her new book is an encyclopedic survey of the movement against slavery in the United States from its first stirrings before the American Revolution to the institution’s final demise in the ashes of civil war. It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive history of the abolitionist movement.”

Dr. Sinha has written for The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time, CNN, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Dissent, and The Huffington Post.  She was an adviser and on-screen expert for the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, The Abolitionists (2013), which is a part of the NEH-funded Created Equal film series. She is currently writing a book on Reconstruction.


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