America at 150: The End of Slavery
Date: October 23, 2015
Time: 10:00-11:15am
Location: Litchfield History Museum
Age(s): All
Fee: Free
Registration: Yes, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Description: Just 150 years ago, the United States ended slavery, an institution and a way of life that had been rooted in American soil since 1619. Unlike Western European nations that ended slavery primarily through peaceful processes, the end of slavery in American was effected by a bloody Civil War that imperiled the very existence of the nation. How and why this happened is the subject of this four-week course, which will weave the story of the Civil War with those of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The relationship between these two men--one, the president who saved the nation; the other, the most prominent black abolitionist--weaves through the causes of the War in the 1850s and the abolition of slavery during the conflict. Required reading: James Oakes, The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. This is a four-week course.