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Social Justice

Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul

Friday, September 27, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of forced migration of Africans to North America, serving as the start of America's complicated history of indentured servitude, slavery, and structural inequity that reverberates today. As America grew and flourished, the conflict over slavery — and its legitimacy in the nation and the Constitution — escalated. Author Andrew Delbanco argues that the disputes over whether to harbor or return fugitive slaves pushed the nation into war. It's this intersection — the courageous enslaved people who risked their lives to flee bondage, the slave-owning citizens who demanded the return of their “property,” and the ... more

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