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Jane Dailey to address history of racially-restrictive marriage laws at Lycoming College

Jane Dailey to address history of racially-restrictive marriage laws at Lycoming College

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Lycoming College welcomes guest lecturer Jane Dailey, Ph.D., for the 46th annual Robert H. Ewing Lecture. Dailey’s presentation, “White Fright: Sex, Race and the African American Freedom Struggle,” will be held on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the Lycoming College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Dailey will examine the history of racially-restrictive marriage laws and the state-enforced systems of racial identification that sustained Jim Crow segregation. Her research reveals why bans on interracial marriage were the last piece of the white supremacist regime to fall.

Dailey is an associate professor of American history at the University of Chicago, where she is also an associate faculty member of the Law School.

Dailey has published multiple books on American history and the African American experience. Dailey’s first book, “Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia,” analyzed the conditions that facilitated, and ultimately undid, interracial democracy in the postwar South. Her most recent book, “Building the American Republic: A Narrative History from 1877,” is the second of a two-volume history of the United States. Written for a broad audience, both volumes are available as e-books free of charge at

Considering her expertise in these subject matters, she has been invited to appear numerous times on C-SPAN, and has been a guest on many radio programs. She has written a number of posts on American history for the Huffington Post and was a featured consultant in the new Netflix docuseries, “Medal of Honor,” released in November.

Dailey has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Berlin, the Alphonse Fletcher Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She is currently finishing a book on sex, race, religion and the civil rights movement from the emancipation era to the present. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 1995 and her A.B. from Yale in 1987.