Richard J. M. Blackett, PhD
Andrew Jackson Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
Richard J. M. Blackett, PhD, is an Andrew Jackson Professor of History and is a specialist in U.S. and Caribbean history, particularly of the transatlantic movements that worked to abolish slavery. His most recent book, Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War, looks at popular reactions to the war in Britain and what impact they had on the struggle for political reform. He is at work on a study of the ways northern communities organized to resist the enforcement of 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.
Blackett earned his MA in American Studies from the University of Manchester, England, and his BA in International Relations from the University of Keele, England. He was Professor of History at Indiana University and has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of numerous books, including Building an Anti Slavery Wall: Black Americans in the Atlantic Abolitionist Movement, 1830-1860 (1963); Beating Against the Barriers: Biographical Essays in Nineteenth Century Afro-American History (1986); and The British Working Class, American Abolition, and the Civil War.