George Washington and the Problem of Slavery -- Edward Countryman, SMU
Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)
Professor Edward Countryman's talk will explore how two issues intersected during George Washington’s lifetime. One is his own capacity for growth. The other is how during the Revolutionary Era slavery turned from an ugly but unquestioned fact of life into a problem that could not be repressed. On the matter of slavery Washington began as a man of his time, but, as his freeing of his own slaves shows, he finished ahead of it. Undoubtedly he hoped to set an example. But slavery persisted even at Mount Vernon until the bloody cataclysm that actually ended it.
A light reception will preceed the event. Several of Professor Countryman's publications will be availabe for purchase and signing after the presentation.
Parking will be available on the SMU campus. FREE passes will be emailed to registered guests before the event.
When & Where
Center for Presidential History and the George W. Bush Library and Museum
The Center for Presidential History at SMU is dedicated to exploring the story and legacy of the nation’s chief executives through cutting-edge research, academic and public forums and production of archival records for future generations through a wide-ranging presidential collective memory project.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum "serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The Library and Museum accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits."