The Former Community Organizer and Activist Who Became a Historian


Erik Moshe is an HNN Features Editor.

Maurice Jackson is an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies and Affiliated Professor of Music (Jazz) at Georgetown University. He is the author of Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism, co-editor with Jackie Bacon ofAfrican-Americans and the Haitian Revolution, co-editor with Susan Kozel of Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808and co-editor with Blair Ruble of DC JAZZ: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC.

What books are you reading now?

I just read my colleague Chandra Manning’s excellent book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, and it’s about contraband camps, many of them near Washington, DC. Whenever I have a few free days, I read…

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