Slavery and the U.S. Constitution

Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture

September 16, 2015
Wilentz Lecture Poster

The Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture by Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University. Commentary by Sarah Rivett, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University.

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, focusing on American social and political history. He received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (1980) after earning bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University (1972) and Balliol College, Oxford University (1974). His most recent books are The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, a reconsideration of U.S. politics since the Watergate affair, and Bob Dylan in America, a consideration of Dylan's place in American cultural history. A contributing editor to The New Republic , and a member of the editorial boards of Dissent and Democracy, Professor Wilentz lectures frequently and has written some three hundred articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces for publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, the American ScholarThe NationLe Monde, and Salon.

Commentator Sarah Rivett is an Associate Professor of English at Princeton University. She specializes in early American and eighteenth-century transatlantic literature and culture. Her first book, The Science of the Soul in Colonial New England (2011) was awarded the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. She is currently completing a book on Unscripted America: the Origins of a Literary Nation, under contract with Oxford University Press. Rivett is also writing The New Cambridge Introduction to the Literature of Early America. Additionally, she has co-edited a volume of essays on Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas (2014).


Slavery and the U.S. Constitution


Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Cosponsored by:

  • Program in American Studies
  • Program in Law and Public Affairs
  • Office of the Provost