African-American History Month Lecture

African-American History Month Lecture: Author Julie Winch with Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War
Monday, February 12th, 7:00 PM
Jones Room, Tufts Library

The Abigail Adams Historical Society, stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, and the Weymouth Public Libraries commemorate African-American History Month by presenting a talk by historian Julie Winch on her book Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War. During her presentation, Ms. Winch will address the topic of slavery in Massachusetts, the effect of the American Revolution on its demise, and the efforts of ex-slaves to find a place for themselves in the post-Revolutionary era.

Abigail Smith Adams strongly opposed the institution of slavery, yet she grew up in a slave-owning household. Her father, the Reverend William Smith, was the owner of several slaves, each of whom played a significant role in Abigail Adams’s life. Between Slavery and Freedom represents the latest in a series of programs hosted by the Abigail Adams Historical Society in its continuing efforts to explore the subject of early American slavery. 

Time will be allowed for audience questions, and books will be available for purchase.

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