A program of The University of Pennsylvania 2005 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change.
Steven Hahn, an expert in the history of the American South, is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for History for A Nation Under Our Feet, which also won the 2004 Bancroft Prize. This landmark history rejects the conventional view of a passive slave culture in the American South, describing instead a rich and surprisingly effective world of black political associations built around family, work, and religion. Dr. Hahn is following in the footsteps of his chair's namesake, Roy F. Nichols, who in 1949 became the first member of Penn's faculty to receive a Pulitzer Prize (for The Disruption of American Democracy, awarded the same year that Arthur Miller won in Literature for Death of a Salesman). Prof. Hahn also becomes the fifth member of Penn's faculty to receive a Pulitzer.
A specialist in the history of the South, the social and political history of the United States in the 19th century, and the comparative history of slavery and emancipation, Dr. Hahn is currently at work on the Nathan I. Huggins Lectures in African-American History, to be delivered at Harvard in 2007, and on a history of the United States, 1840-1900, to be published in the Penguin History of the United States.
The Penn Humanities Forum is a proud cosponsor of “Before King’s Dream,” one of many events in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium entitled Penn’s Commitment to the Legacy: Meeting the Challenges of a Diverse Democracy. To learn more about the January 17–28 program, contact the African-American Resource Center online or by telephone: 215.898.0104.
Pulitzer and Bancroft Prize-winning author of A Nation Under Our Feet