Countryman - Washington and slaves

Thursday, December 5, 2013

6:00 pm

Dallas Hall

Featured Speakers
Dr. Edward Countryman, University Distinguished Professor at Southern Methodist University

Lecture Series

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 precede the event. Several of Professor Countryman’s publications will be available 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.

This talk will explore how two issues intersected during George Washington’s lifetime.