2019 May 7, Martha Jones, Birthright Citizenship in Antebellum America: A History for Our Own Time
Martha S. Jones, J.D, Ph.D., is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. Presented by William L. Clements Library-University of Michigan, 7 May 2019.
As former slaves struggled to become citizens, they redefined citizenship for all Americans. With her 2018 book "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America," Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, fulfilling the long-held aspirations of African Americans. Dr. Jones is also an active voice in the national conversation about birthright citizenship.