WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Moorestown Library, 111 W. 2nd Street, Moorestown NJ 08057
WHAT: 'The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in NJ 1775-1865'
The Historical Society of Moorestown, in conjunction with the Moorestown Library, is pleased to present Professor Jim Gigantino II (via SKYPE) for a look at slavery in New Jersey. Despite what many Americans may think, the issue of slavery in the Antebellum Period was not neatly divided along the Mason-Dixon Line. Professor Gigantino will trace New Jersey's efforts to abolish slavery within the state - a plodding process that turned the notion of 'free state' on its head and allowed slavery to persist in New Jersey until the end of the Civil War. Event attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the political complexities of the Civil War and the role New Jersey played.
Professor Jim Gigantino II is the Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, University of Arkansas. He is an Early American historian who specializes in the history of slavery and the author of The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Professor Gigantino is also the editor of Slavery and Secession in Arkansas: A Documentary History (University of Arkansas Press, 2015) and is currently researching and writing William Livingston's American Revolution, which will use the life events of William Livingston, New Jersey's first governor, to explore how ordinary Americans experienced the Revolution. His distinctions include the Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship (2013), the Nolan Award for Contributions to Graduate Education 2014), and the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award (2015).
This event is free and open to everyone.