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African American Passages: Black Lives in 19th Century America

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Library of Congress’s vast 19th Century manuscript collections include a small number of extraordinary documents written by African-Americans. They can be founding collections ranging from the papers of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to those of lesser-known figures.  Adam Rothman, Professor of History at Georgetown University and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center, has been researching important Library manuscripts featuring the writing of 19th century African-Americans.

In this event, Rothman will discuss his findings in the archives, and highlight remarkable personal stories of African-Americans during the eras of slavery, emancipation, and Reconstruction. The conversation will also serve to highlight a series of podcasts, which will feature historically noteworthy documents drawn from the Library’s Manuscript Division.

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