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History Conversations: Differing Historical Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and the District of Columbia

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

with Jim Johnston | 
Tuesday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. |


The word “slavery” brings up a mental image of the “peculiar institution” as it existed in the Deep South right before the Civil War. Slavery in the Washington area was different. It began the same – in the late 1600s, Ninian Beall’s tobacco plantation occupied the land where the White House is today – but it soon changed. After tobacco wore out the land, slavery made less sense, and it was hard to enforce with an increasingly diverse capital of the United States. By the time of the Civil War, Washington, D.C. still had slaves, but they lived among a population of free African Americans. Author Jim Johnston will discuss the differing perspectives on slavery that emerge from his two books, The Recollections of Margaret Loughborough, about a daughter of the Old Dominion of Virginia, and From Slave Ship to Harvard, which follows six generations of an African American family in Maryland.


May 14
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Montgomery History
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