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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