Thursday, December 5, 2013
Dr. Edward Countryman
- Presidential Histories and Memoirs Lecture Series (in conjunction with the George W. Bush Library and Museum)
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This talk by Dr. Edward Countryman, University Distinguished Professor at Southern Methodist University, 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.
Several of Professor Countryman’s publications will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.