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College to Present 21st Annual DAC History Lecture

Stephen Middleton to Speak on 'Abraham Lincoln, War Powers, and the 13th Amendment'

October 13, 2013

Dr. Stephen Middleton

Dr. Stephen Middleton

The 21st annual Wilmington College/Daughters of American Colonists Endowed History Lecture will feature a talk Oct. 24 on “Abraham Lincoln, War Powers, and the 13th Amendment.”

Dr. Stephen Middleton, chair of the African-American Studies program at Mississippi State University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

The event is free of charge.

Middleton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris College (cum laude), a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. degree from Miami University (Ohio).

He completed the first-year curriculum in law at New York University School of Law, where he was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History.

His extensive research interest involves race and the American legal system. Middleton’s last book is titled The Black Laws: Race and the Legal Process in Ohio, 1787-1860 (2005). He is currently working on two book projects, with the working title for the first being Traces of Blood: The Legal Construction of Whiteness in Antebellum America.

His research into this subject has appeared in Freedom's Conditions in the U.S.-Canadian Borderlands in the Age of Emancipation, edited by Tony Freyer and Lyndsay Campbell (2011) and Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History (Spring 2011).

He is also working on a biography of Judge Robert Heberton Terrell, the first African American to be appointed to a judicial office by a U.S. president.