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Roy E. Finkenbine

Professor of History
Co-Chair of History
Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive

Roy E. Finkenbine
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 318
Phone: 313-993-1016
Roy E. Finkenbine
Areas of Expertise:
African American History
Black Abolitionists
Civil War Era
Slavery and Abolition
Underground Railroad

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Biography

Roy E. Finkenbine is professor of history and co-chair for the History Department.  He teaches courses in African American history, modern Africa, slave resistance, the Civil War era, and the Underground Railroad, and serves as Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive. He received a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and joined the Detroit Mercy faculty in 1996. While on the editorial staff of the Black Abolitionist Papers Project at Florida State University in the 1980s and 1990s, he coedited the five-volume Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 (1985-1992) and Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation (1993). He is also the author of Sources of the African-American Past (1st ed., 1997; 2nd ed., 2004), as well as a dozen articles and book chapters on the black abolitionists and the Underground Railroad.  He has consulted on museum exhibits, documentary films, and television programs on aspects of African American history.  His work has been mentioned in Time, Atlantic, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as on NPR.

Watch Finkenbine as he talks about the Underground Railroad on American Black Journal. (Aired 7/13/2014)

 
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