Interpreting the Narrative of Venture Smith

Anna Mae Duane talked about problems in teaching the Narrative of Venture Smith and problems that modern audiences have reconciling with… read more

Anna Mae Duane talked about problems in teaching the Narrative of Venture Smith and problems that modern audiences have reconciling with his attitudes about capitalism, money, love, and family. After her remarks, illustrated with slides, she responded to questions from members of the audience.

Venture Smith (1729-1805) was a slave who purchased his freedom and went on to become a successful businessman and property owner before the Revolutionary War. 

“Keeping His Word: Money, Love, and Privacy in the Narrative of Venture Smith” was the concluding portion of the first day of the annual conference “Documenting Venture Smith: The Story of a Struggle for Democracy,” which was held at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Hartford. close

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

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  • Duane, Anna Mae Assistant Professor University of Connecticut, Torrington->English Department
  • Saint, Chandler B. President Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights

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

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  • Jan 23, 2010 | 1:53pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 23, 2010 | 7:52pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 24, 2010 | 1:53am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 24, 2010 | 7:52am EST | C-SPAN 3
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