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Black Childhood & Criminalization in America

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Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street

Chicago, IL 60610

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For more information, see the web page for this Meet the Author event.

Meet the Author: Tera Eva Agyepong & Elliott Gorn. Talk 6:00 pm; book signing 7:00 pm.

The Criminalization of Black Children Race, Gender, and Delinquency in Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System, 1899–1945, by Tera Eva Agyepong expands the narrative of racialized criminalization in America, revealing that these patterns became embedded in a justice system originally intended to protect children. In doing so, she also complicates our understanding of the nature of migration and what it meant to be black and living in Chicago in the early twentieth century.

Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till, by Elliott Gorn, delves into how and why the story of Emmett Till still resonates. Using new evidence and a broadened historical context, Gorn reveals how old patterns of thought and behavior endure, and why we must continue to examine them.

Tera Eva Agyepong is Assistant Professor and Director, History of Law Minor & Pre-Law History Concentration at DePaul.

Elliott Gorn is Professor and Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History at Loyola University.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.

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