Lecture: America's Long History of Child Taking

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
SMITH Rehm Lib
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Lecture - Speaker
Danielle Kane
McFarland Ctr. for Religion, Ethics and Culture

The border policy of taking children of migrants to get them to withdraw their petitions for an asylum hearing became sharply politicized in 2018 and 2019, with many suggesting that the Trump administration was uniquely cruel. In this talk, Laura Briggs, professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an expert on U.S. and international child welfare policy, will argue that on the contrary, from Indian Wars to the Cold War to the War on Drugs, the U.S. federal government under both Democratic and Republican administrations has taken children for political ends. It has also consistently engendered opposition, from the 19th century to the present. Briggs is author of "Taking Children: A History of American Terror" (University of California Press, 2021).
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