About the event

This election year, events and developments as varied as the Trayvon Martin shooting, the rebirth of the "birther controversy," and the return of what one commentator described as the "welfare wedge" in American politics serve to remind us all about enduring associations among race, criminality, poverty, and welfare. How have these associations been resisted in the past and how might they be reconsidered? Join prominent historians and activists to rethink the history of these associations and their current framing in American politics.