February 12, 2018: “Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America From Settlement to the Civil War”


On Monday, February 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., the Abigail Adams Historical Society hosts a presentation by historian Julie Winch on her book Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War at the Tufts library, 46 Broad St., Weymouth, Mass.

Professor Winch teaches history at UMass Boston and is the author of The Clamorgans: One Family’s History of Race in America; A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten; and Philadelphia’s Black Elite: Activisim, Accommodation, and the Struggle for Autonomy, 1787-1848. 


She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and has held research awards at Mystic Seaport, the American Antiquarian Society, the John Carter Brown Library, and Yale University’s Beinecke Library.

She’s also been a consultant for documentary projects such as PBS’ Africans in America and the Learning Channel’s Who Do You Think You Are?

During her presentation Ms. Winch will address the topic of slavery in Massachusetts, the effect of the American Revolution on its demise, and the efforts of ex-slaves to find a place for themselves in the post-Revolutionary era.

Time will be allowed for audience questions, and books will be available for purchase. Admission is free; reservations are not necessary.

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