Hard Histories Book Talks with Martha Jones: William G. Thomas III
Sponsored by the SNF Agora Institute
Join Hard Histories at Hopkins for a conversation with historian William G. Thomas III, author of A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (Yale University Press, 2020).
Thomas’ book explores the lives and experiences of enslaved individuals who sued for freedom in Maryland and Washington, D.C., in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His book is also a personal account about coming to terms with difficult family histories around slavery. A Question of Freedom raises broader questions about reckoning and reconciliation surrounding JHU’s relationship with slavery and its long-lasting aftereffects.
Thomas will be in conversation with Martha S. Jones, Hard Histories’ project director. Their conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
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