Book Discussion on Israel on the Appomattox
Professor Ely talked about his book, Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War,… read more
Professor Ely talked about his book, Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War, published by Vintage. In 1796 Thomas Jefferson’s cousin Richard Randolph died and left his land to his newly freed slaves. The author described how they built their new lives alongside their white neighbors near the Appomattox River in a community they called Israel Hill. After his presentation Professor Ely responded to audience members' questions.
This event was one of the James A. Hutchins Lectures hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. close
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