Anti-Slavery movement in Black and White
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Illinois and Illinoisans played prominent roles in the anti-slavery movement preceding the Civil War, but were all opponents of slavery necessarily involved in the Underground Railroad? Understanding the wide variety of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations, and religious convictions, among others – is important to understanding the escalation to war.
In her talk “Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White,” Jeanne Schultz Angel explores the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of Freedom Seekers and explains how one particular story illustrates connections within the network across the state. She examines the criteria that historians use to separate fact from fiction and determine which purported Underground Railroad sites are verifiable. She demonstrates that the range of responses to slavery on the part of Illinoisans was more complex than the state’s designation as the “Land of Lincoln” might suggest and that some of the underlying issues still manifest themselves in one form or another today.
This program is sponsored by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. The cost is $5 per person to attend. It will be held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 815-895-5762.
More information can be found on the Sycamore History Museum’s Event Page.