Israel on the Appomattox: Experiment in Black Freedom

Mr. Ely talks about his book Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War, published by Knopf.… read more

Mr. Ely talks about his book Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War, published by Knopf. When Thomas Jefferson’s cousin, Richard Randolph died in 1796, he freed and gave land to dozens of his slaves. Mr. Ely described the story of a Virginia community called Israel Hill that was founded with that land where the freed slaves developed a prosperous community and did business with their white neighbors. This community contradicted Thomas Jefferson’s prediction that whites and blacks could never live side by side peacefully. After his presentation the author answered audience members' questions. close

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Program ID:
183730-2
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
First Aired:
Dec 27, 2004 | 2:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Mar 20, 2005 | 5:34am EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Dec 27, 2004 | 2:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 31, 2004 | 10:52am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 20, 2005 | 5:34am EST | C-SPAN 2
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