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Slavery for Life or Otherwise: South Central Pennsylvania’s Enslaved and Slaveholding Families in the Age of Gradual Abolition, 1780-1847
April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cory Young is pursuing his Ph.D. at Georgetown University. This program is named for the working title of his dissertation. Cory has spent a lot of time over the last few months researching here and around the area.
The dissertation examines how white and black families navigated a changing world after the state assembly enacted the nation’s first gradual abolition law during the Revolutionary War. It emphasizes the fact that there is a troubling history of slavery in Cumberland County that occurred between the sunnier events of emancipation and county participation in the underground railroad.
This event is free and open to public.