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    South to Freedom

    Historian Alice Baumgartner recalled the lives of slaves who escaped the South for Mexico. This was a virtual event hosted by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

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    Enslaved Women and the Antebellum Slave Trade

    Author Alexandra Finley spoke with the co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era about her book, An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade. Ms.…

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    The Zealot and the Emancipator

    Historian H.W. Brands provided a dual biography of abolitionist John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. This was a virtual event hosted by the Atlanta History Center.

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    Disease and 19th Century Slave Trade

    Historian Manuel Barcia, author of, The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade, discussed his book with Yale historian David Blight. The…

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    Barracoon - The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

    Deborah Plant discussed Zora Neale Hurston’s 2018 New York Times bestseller, Barracoon. The book is a record of Ms. Hurston’s interviews between 1927 and 1931 of Cudjo Kossola Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the…

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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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    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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    Myths and Realities of American Slavery

    John Perry talked about his book Myths and Realities of American Slavery: The True History of Slavery in America. Mr. Perry argued that slavery was not as integral a part of the reason…

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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