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Book Talk with Jonathan White: My Work Among the Freedmen

December 2 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

Between 1863 and 1871, Harriet M. Buss of Sterling, Massachusetts, taught former slaves in three different regions of the South. A white, educated Baptist woman, she initially saw herself as on a mission to the freed people of the Confederacy but over time developed a shared mission with her students and devoted herself to training the next generation of Black teachers. Delve into the world of Civil War and Reconstruction through the eyes of a teacher.

Jonathan W. White is Associate Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and author and editor of twelve books, including Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War. Lydia J. Davis is a history educator at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.