Crystal Lynn Webster is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests lie at the intersection of race, gender, and age. Her first monograph, Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North (forthcoming with University of North Carolina Press, June 2021), is a social history of antebellum African American children and foregrounds their lives as fundamental to the North’s prolonged transition from slavery to freedom. She is currently researching and writing her second book through a long-term fellowship with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, tentatively titled Criminalizing Freedom: African Americans and the Making of Criminal Reform in Early America. Follow her on Twitter @Crystallynnweb.