Provost Faculty Scholarship Recipient
Allen Carden, Ph.D.
Allen Carden, director of liberal arts for FPU's Center for Degree Completion, is developing a thorough investigation of slavery in the United States, from the Declaration of Independence through the adoption of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in 1865.
The Declaration of Independence states, "all men are created equal." Carden addresses what this meant to the founders in regards to slavery, and the slow process toward emancipation that followed.
The final, book-length manuscript (working title: Freedom's Long Road: The Slow Death of American Slavery 1776-1865) will examine the parallel intensification of slavery and growing emancipation movements in early America, the role of compromise and the perspectives of individuals and governments in the building controversy.
Carden's interest in U.S. slavery grows from an early fascination with Abraham Lincoln and 20th century civil rights movements. He sees this work as his contribution to a "scholarship of justice," he says.
"While emancipation may have occurred in 1865, the residue of slavery is still with us," Carden says. "I see (this study) as a necessary background to understand the more recent civil rights movement of the 20th century and even our own situation today."
FPU created the Provost Research Grant in 2008 to encourage faculty to develop their scholarship. Awards have been given in fields from science to religion and have funded the creation of new music and the translation of ancient languages. Read the full Provost Faculty Scholarship report which includes all the faculty recipients and an overview of their work.