Challenging Slavery in the Courtroom: “A Question of Freedom”

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Challenging Slavery in the Courtroom: “A Question of Freedom”



In partnership with the Virginia Center for the Book, Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities presents William G. Thomas III as he shares the intricate and intensely human story of enslaved families of Prince George’s County, Maryland and the hundreds of lawsuits they brought against slavery. His book, A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War was recently announced the winner of the 2021 Neiman Foundation/Columbia School of Journalism Mark Lynton Prize in History.

Thomas will discuss the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history, lawyers who supported the enslaved families, the slaveholders and others who defended slavery, and its present-day legacies, in conversation with Omar Eaton-Martínez, Assistant Division Chief, Historical Resources for Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation.


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