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Virtual Author’s Talk—The Promise of Freedom for Slaves Escaping in British Ships: The Emancipation Revolution, 1740-1807

May 21 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

To Blacks, Britain’s Emancipation Revolution rang out louder than the Declaration of Independence. Drawing from his recent book, historian Theodore Corbett traces the emerging path of freedom for Africans and African Americans in the late-eighteenth century by discussing major social shifts and political events in Great Britain and her American colonies—the Great Awakening, Lord Dunmore’s proclamation and the American Revolution—to demonstrate how they all led to Parliament’s abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807.

Registration is requested, to watch virtually click here.

About the Speaker
Theodore Corbett is a scholar of the American Revolutionary War, an interest that grew during a career in teaching at several universities. He is the author of the award-winning book No Turning Point, The Saratoga Campaign in Perspective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), A Maritime History of the American Revolutionary War (Pen and Sword Maritime, 2023) and two community studies of the war, Revolutionary New Castle (The History Press 2012) and Revolutionary Chestertown (The History Press, 2014). He has done research at the Caird Library, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Archives Centre, The Maritime Museum of Liverpool; and the New York Historical Society as a Gilder Lehrman Fellow.


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