Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

#SalonatLunch: Why Are We Reluctant to Address Slavery?

Join us, for another Salon at Lunch! This week we are tackling the question, "why are we reluctant to address slavery?"

At last week's Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama addressed the history of the White House stating, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”

Several commentators took issue with the statement and some even rebutted that those who built the White House were “treated well.” Conversation about the reality and misconceptions of slavery has since ensued.

Join the conversation at this free event: Why do we have difficulty addressing history? Why are there so many misconceptions about slavery? How can we best understand history and its connections to present injustices? 

Chekc out these articles below for background reading: 

Michelle Obama’s Speech and the powerful realities of American Slavery
Kirt von Daacke, July 28, 2016, NBC BLK

What Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand about slavery

Rebecca Onion, July 28, 2016, Slate

Teaching slavery to reluctant listeners
Edward Baptist, September 11, 2015, The New York Times

Salons at Lunch are every Wednesday at noon. Free and open to the public. 

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