The Wright Museum

Thomas Jefferson & Slavery: Treason Against the Hopes of Mankind on January 15, 2019 from 6 - 7:30 PM


In support of the upcoming exhibition Paradox of Liberty, join us in the General Motors Theater for a lecture, Q&A and book signing with Paul Finkelman, Ph.D. the author of The New York Times article “The Monster at Monticello” and the book Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson​.


About Paul Finkelman Ph.D.


Paul Finkelman is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and more than fifty books. He is a specialist on American legal history, U. S. Constitutional law, race and law, American Jewish history, the law of American slavery, the First Amendment, religious liberty, the history of the Second Amendment, African American history, the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball. The United States Supreme Court has cited his work in four decisions and he has been cited in numerous decisions by other federal and state courts and in many appellate briefs. He has lectured on slavery and human trafficking and on human rights issues at the United Nations, throughout the United States, and in more than a dozen other countries. In 2014 he was ranked as the fifth most cited legal historian in American legal scholarship in Brian Leiter’s “Top Ten Law Faculty (by area) in Scholarly Impact, 2009-2013.” He was an expert witness in the famous Alabama Ten Commandments Monument Case (Glassroth v. Moore) and in the law suit over the ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball (Popov v. Hayashi). In 2017 he held the Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa. Read more.