Book cover of White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea by Tyler Stovallby Tyler Stovall

The racist legacy behind the Western idea of freedom

The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white.

Tyler Stovall explores the intertwined histories of racism and freedom in France and the United States, the two leading nations that have claimed liberty as the heart of their national identities. 

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art for Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaCommonwealth Club of California
Tyler Stovall: White Freedom
1/27/21          61 min

Podcast Art for the New Book NetworkNew Books Network
Tyler Stovall, “White Freedom: The Racial History of An Idea” (Princeton UP, 2021)
1/1/21          49 min

Deep Dish on Global Affairs
Freedom and Race Have Shaped Our World and WIll Determine Our Future
2/4/21          36 min

Town Hall Seattle Arts & Culture Series
139. Tyler Stovall with Christtiana Obeysumner: The Intertwined Histories of Racism and Freedom
1/29/21          57 min

Podcast Art of the History Extra PodcastHistory Extra
Liberty and racism: an interconnected history
10/13/21        43 min

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