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October 2020

Richard Bell Lecture – “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home”

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, who will share the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America. Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

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November 2020

Allison K. Lange Lecture: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Photographs

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Allison K. Lange portrait

Since the nation’s founding, Americans have used images to define political power and gender roles. Popular pictures praised male political leaders, while cartoons mocked women who sought rights. In the mid-nineteenth century, women’s rights activists like Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony challenged these powerful norms by distributing engraved and photographic portraits that represented women as political leaders. Over time, suffragists developed a national visual campaign to win voting rights. Their photographs captured their public protests and demonstrated their dedication to their cause for mass audiences.

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The Clements Bookworm: Writing and Publishing Inspired by Genealogical Research

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Panelists: Wendy Chapin Ford (Author, "A Frontier Romance 'Tiger Bill and Kate'”) and others. Panelists and featured guests discuss history topics in this webinar series. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session.

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December 2020

Virtual Discover Series: The Treasonous Correspondence of Benedict Arnold

December 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benedict Arnold portrait

Join us for an online presentation with Curator of Manuscripts Cheney J. Schopieray as he discusses one of the William L. Clements Library’s greatest treasures, the treasonous correspondence of Revolutionary War hero and turncoat Benedict Arnold. This discussion will explore the details of Arnold’s treason, the contents and methods of his clandestine correspondence, and his effectiveness as an informant.

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The Clements Bookworm: Author Conversation with Martha Kennedy, “American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists”

December 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bookshelves at the Clements

A conversation with Martha Kennedy (Author, "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists"). Panelists and featured guests discuss history topics in this webinar series. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session.

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