[The event below has been postponed until 2011. Note Deborah Lee will be giving a talk on the same topic November 30th (Tuesday) at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.]
Deborah A. Lee, independent scholar and co-creator of the Virginia Emigrants to Liberia website, is a resident fellow this semester at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She will share with us what she is learning from her current project.
Between 1810 and 1865, on the eastern borderland of slavery and freedom, including parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, diverse activists worked together and separately to resist and gradually end slavery. These white and black men and women used sophisticated peaceful means—persuasion, law, philanthropy, colonization, and the underground railroad—to help thousands of individual bondspeople obtain freedom, fray the institution of slavery locally, and advance the movement nationally. This grassroots perspective sheds new light on the growing tensions over slavery in the East, the increasing difficulty of opposing the institution in the South, and the importance of African Americans from this region in the movement to end slavery in the United States.
Where: Kenwood Library at Monticello