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The Books That Fought Slavery

Session 3 of 4-Session Evening Course

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1M2006C

The long fight against American slavery produced some of the most powerful autobiographies and works of fiction in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss classics of the period by men and women, both black and white, who were central figures in the struggle to destroy race slavery in the United States.

Join Richard Bell, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, for short and vivid lectures about each work, followed by an inclusive discussion driven by comments and questions. Participants should read the featured book before the session. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment.


William Wells Brown, Clotel

Clotel, from 1853, is the first novel ever published by an African American author. It is an heroic escape story about a female fugitive, which lightly fictionalizes the scandalous sexual relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings.

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Other Connections

Listen to Richard Bell’s interview on the Not Old Better podcast with host Paul Vogelzang.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)