Interview with Venture Smith

Professor Robert Hall played the part of Venture Smith in period costume as he was interviewed about his life story. Venture Smith… read more

Professor Robert Hall played the part of Venture Smith in period costume as he was interviewed about his life story. Venture Smith (1729-1805) was enslaved in Africa in 1739 at age 10 and brought to New England. He accomplished the rare feat of buying his own freedom in 1765 and went on to become a successful businessman and property owner before the Revolutionary War. 

This session of the annual conference “Documenting Venture Smith: The Story of a Struggle for Democracy” was held at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Hartford.

George Krimsky is the co-author of the book Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith (Wesleyan; February 26, 2009). close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Public Affairs Event
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Interview
Location:
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
First Aired:
Jan 23, 2010
Last Aired:
Jan 24, 2010

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  • Jan 23, 2010 | 12:55pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 23, 2010 | 6:54pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 24, 2010 | 12:54am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 24, 2010 | 6:54am EST | C-SPAN 3
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