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  • Josiah Henson  Inspiration for Uncle Tom
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    Josiah Henson - Inspiration for "Uncle Tom"

    Author Edna Troiano talked about former slave, abolitionist and minister Josiah Henson who was one of the inspirations for the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ms.…

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  • Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
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    Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

    During the 19th century, Memphis was a hub for slave trading due to its location on the Mississippi River. While the river was used to ship slaves into the city, it was also used to help them escape to the…

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  • District of Columbia Emancipation Act Records
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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act Records

    Damani Davis talked about petitions filed by owners and slaves under the District of Columbia Emancipation Act. Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in April 1862, the act freed enslaved…

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  • emHarriet Tubman The Road to Freedomem
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    Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

    Catherine Clinton talked about her book, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, published by Little Brown and Company. In the book, the author writes about Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery. Ms.…

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    Breaking Chains

    R. Gregory Nokes talked about his book, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, in which he looks at the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts. Missouri slaves Robin and…

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  • 150th Anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act
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    150th Anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act

    Scholar and Author Harold Holzer talked about the 150th anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act which freed enslaved individuals in Washington D.C. Topics included the purpose of the…

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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Portrayal
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe Portrayal

    Ms. Turnquist, introduced by Ms. Sanderson, portrayed the author Harriet Beecher Stowe. She talked about her life and the influences behind her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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    Dred Scott's Revenge

    Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America (Thomas Nelson; April 21, 2009) talked from a Fox newsroom in New York City about freedom, the…

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  • Writings of Abraham Lincoln
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    Writings of Abraham Lincoln

    Scholars and guests examined the final stages of the Civil War and beginning of the Reconstruction era through the writings of President Abraham Lincoln. They paid particular attention to…

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  • Writings of Frederick Douglass
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    Writings of Frederick Douglass

    Guests examined the history of slavery and freedom in 19th century America through the life and writings of Frederick Douglass. After escaping slavery, Douglass wrote Narrative of the Life…

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  • Writings of Mary Chesnut
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    Writings of Mary Chesnut

    Guests examined the social, political, and military history of the Civil War era from the perspective of the Confederacy through the writings of Mary Chesnut. Her journals detailed life in the…

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  • Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe
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    Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Guests examined the history of slavery, abolitionism, and the antebellum era through the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe, daughter of Congregationalist…

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  • Frederick Douglass Portrayal
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    Frederick Douglass Portrayal

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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Manuscripts
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe Manuscripts

    Ms. Hodson displayed some of the Huntington Library’s collection of Harriet Beecher Stowe manuscripts. She also talked about Stowe’s life and her role in the abolition movement.

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  • Josiah Henson and Harriett Beecher Stowe
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    Josiah Henson and Harriett Beecher Stowe

    Mr. Henson talked about the connection between his distant relative Josiah Henson and Harriett Beecher Stowe. The Henson Cabin was originally a slave cabin on a plantation. Mrs. Stowe read Josiah…

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  • Mary Chesnut and the Civil War
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    Mary Chesnut and the Civil War

    The South Carolina first lady read to schoolchildren from A Diary from Dixie, a compilation of journal entries and letters of Mary Chesnut, a Southern woman of the Civil War era.

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  • Frederick Douglass Impact
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    Frederick Douglass Impact

    Participants talked about the impact Frederick Douglass, his writings and his orations had on American culture. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

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  • Mary Chesnut Portrayal
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    Mary Chesnut Portrayal

    Chris Weatherhead portrayed Mary Chesnut, who lived during the Civil War in secessionist South Carolina. She read from her journal, A Diary from Dixie.

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  • Mary Chesnut
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    Mary Chesnut

    Mr. Edgar talked about the life and legacy of Mary Chesnut and displayed several original documents relating to her journals and diary.

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  • Rankin House
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    Rankin House

    At Rankin House State Historic Site, Ms. Campbell talked about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her relationship with abolitionist John Rankin and Ripley, Ohio, which she visited several times. Rev.…

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