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Early American History (1600-1850) Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation


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    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 his attitudes about capitalism, money, love, and family. After her remarks,…

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    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 (1729-1805) was enslaved in Africa in 1739 at age 10 and brought to…

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    Venture Smith's Lost Land

    Marta Daniels and Nancy Byrne talked about how they discovered the location of Venture Smith’s first farm. They used deed research, computer mapping with correction for magnetic drift, and field surveying to locate and…