The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship with the National Association of Scholars (NAS) and the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) of the virtual conference, “Slavery or Freedom:  The Conception of America,” September 14-18.  The conference will serve as AHI’s Thirteenth Annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium.  AHI President Robert Paquette will address a national audience on “What Made American Slavery Distinctive?” on September 17, Constitution Day, the anniversary of AHI’s birth and the ninetieth birthday of Carl B. Menges whose generosity made AHI possible.

For additional information, conference registration, and schedule of events go here:

The event is free and open to the public.

The conference features more than twenty scholars, four of whom, besides Paquette, are AHI affiliated:  academic advisers Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College), John Stauffer (Harvard University), and Peter Coclanis (UNC-Chapel Hill as well as AHI Senior Fellow Joseph Fornieri (RIT).

The conference will address head-on a battery of controversial arguments presented in the New York Times’ 1619 Project, an attempt to transform the understanding of American history through the lens of critical race theory.

“The New York Times’ 1619 Project and associated curriculum disseminated by the Pulitzer Center,” states NAS in a press release, “teaches a polemical narrative of oppression, shorn of nuance, context, or historical accuracy. Yet, this narrative has had success in persuading minds across the nation and beyond that the ‘America the exceptional nation’ story is wrong, misguided, and fails to tell the whole truth.  How do we, as American’s reconcile these two narratives? Should we?  This webinar conference will address how we understand and teach America’s founding.”

The conference will be streamed online every day from Monday, September 14th to Friday, September 18th. The online lectures, panels, and events are listed below. All webinars will be held in Eastern Time.