Adam McNeil

I am a new PhD student in Black Women’s Intellectual and Political History at the University of Delaware. I also am an African American Public Humanities Initiative and Colored Conventions Project Scholar. My undergraduate education was at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where I graduated in 2015 with degree in History and I received an MA in History from Simmons College in 2018.

My primary interest is in the nineteenth century with a focus on how Black women derived notions of belonging in the United States during the abolitionist movement. My masters thesis, entitled “Finding a Home: Colonization, Performative Citizenship, and the Civil War in the Lives of Black Women Abolitionists, 1830-1865,” was where I expanded on those areas at length. In it I focus on how Maria Stewart, Sarah Forten, Charlotte Forten, Harriet Tubman, and Sarah Parker Remond each understood how, despite their embattled statuses as nominally free Black women in a slaving nation, they should benefit from the spoils of American economic success. They saw how central their race’s labor was to the founding of the nation, and all its success. Which explains why they each rebuked colonization as a means to acquire emancipation and liberation. Secondarily, I focus on how sailing affected black masculinity in the Atlantic World, especially in the context of Lord Dunmore’s 1775 Proclamation.