Andrew Delbanco - "The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War" @ Starr Library

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Starr Library
68 W Market St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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Andrew DelbancoAndrew Delbanco's devastating story of how fugitive slaves drove the nation to Civil War is a New York Times Critics' Best Book of 2018!

For decades after its founding, America was really two nations--one slave, one free. There were many reasons why this composite nation ultimately broke apart, but the fact that enslaved black people repeatedly risked their lives to flee their masters in the South in search of freedom in the North proved that the "united" states was actually a lie. Fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison-house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and by enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human "property," fugitive slaves forced the nation to confront the truth about itself.

Andrew H. Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University and serves as President of The Teagle Foundation. He is the author of several books, including College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, which has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Russian, and Hebrew. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented Delbanco with the National Humanities Medal.

 

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