"The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont" with Harvey A. Whitfield (Burlington)

Event date: 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Vermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution—but is that what really happened? Find out at this event with Harvey Amani Whitfield, author of The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.

This new book forces us to squarely consider the deepest questions about what freedom actually meant for African Americans in Vermont well into the nineteenth century, even as anti-slavery sentiment continued to swell. The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810 will be enlightening to Vermont teachers and students, scholars of the early national and antebellum periods of U.S. history, and anyone interested in the history of Vermont.

Harvey Amani Whitfield is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont. His areas of research are the black populations of the Maritime colonies and Vermont. He is the author of Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860 (University Press of New England, 2006). He has also published numerous articles and book reviews, including “The Struggle Over Slavery in the Maritime Colonies,” Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, 41 (Autumn 2012).

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
05401 Burlington