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Persistence of Slavery in Early Vermont

Lecture: March 14, 5:30 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

University of Vermont professor Harvey Amani Whitfield will discuss the tensions between slavery and freedom in early Vermont history.  His research indicates that the end of slavery in Vermont was messy, disorderly, and contradictory and that various forms of bondage persisted in Vermont well after the 1777 abolition of adult slavery.

Professor Whitfield’s areas of research are the black population in the Maritime colonies and Vermont. In 2006, he published Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860. His article, “African Americans in Burlington, Vermont, 1880-1900,” was published in Vermont History in 2007.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.


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