Hearing Room 3: 11:00am—12:00pm

Fictionalized dramatizations of slavery in film and television, most notably the miniseries Roots, sway our perceptions of one of America’s founding institutions and most shameful eras. How do the representations of slavery differ from the lived reality? Two historians discuss the making of Roots and the lives and accounts of African Americans in the 1840s-60s.

A professor of history at Arizona State University, MATTHEW DELMONT is the author of Making Roots, Why Busing Failed, and The Nicest Kids in Town, all published by University of California Press.

SHIRLEY ANN WILSON MOORE, Professor Emerita of History at California State University, Sacramento, is the author most recently of Sweet Freedom’s Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841–1869, and coeditor with Quintard Taylor of African American Women Confront the West, 1600–2000.