Milton Sernett

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Milton C. Sernett is a historian, author, and professor at Syracuse University.[1] He has published many books, articles and book chapters on African American history. His published works in African-American history focus on abolitionism, religion, biographies and the Underground Railroad.[2] He has spent several years studying the anti-slavery movements in Upstate New york, particularly, the life of Harriet Tubman.[3]

He currently teaches in the Department of Religion, History Department and Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University.

Early life[edit]

He is a graduate from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis Missouri.[4] He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Delaware in 1972.[5] He served as s research fellow at the WEB Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies .[6]

Published Works[edit]


  • Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History - 2007
  • North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom, Syracuse University Press - 2002 [7]
  • African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness, Duke University Press- 1999
  • Bound for the Promised Land: African American Religion and the Great Migration, Duke University Press - 1997 [8]
  • Abolition's Axe: Beriah Green, Oneida Institute, and the Black Freedom Struggle, Syracuse University Press - 1986 [9]
  • Afro-American Religious History: A Documentary Witness, Duke University Press - 1985 (1985-86 Choice Outstanding Academic Book)
  • Afro-American Religious History: Documents and Interpretations, Syracuse University - 1981.
  • Black Religion And American Evangelism: White Protestants, Plantation Missions, and the Flowering of Negro Christianity, 1787-1865 - 1975

Other Publications[edit]

  • “African American Religion,” for The Oxford Companion to United States History
  • “On Freedom’s Trail: Researching the Underground Railroad in New York State,” for Afro-Americans in New York Life and History


  • vice-chair - New York State Freedom Trail Commission - 2004


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  4. ^ Pan African Studies Newsletter, 'Milton C. Sernett' - Pan African Studies at Syracuse University Newsletter, Special Edition, 2004/2005 p4
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  6. ^ Pan African Studies Newsletter, 'Milton C. Sernett ' - Pan African Studies at Syracuse University Newsletter, Special Edition, 2004/2005 p4
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