Greatest Emancipations chronicles the people and strategies responsible for emancipation in the Western Hemisphere. Slavery was gone from the Western Hemisphere by 1888. Emancipation was an unprecedented, extraordinary development, because slavery had been around for thousands of years, and no civilization that had become dependent on slavery ever abolished it before.
"Most Americans apparently assume that because of our experience with the Civil War, emancipations elsewhere must have been violent, too, but in fact most were generally peaceful," says author Jim Powell. "Considering the terrible unintended consequences of our Civil War and the success of peaceful, persistent antislavery strategies in a wide range of circumstances, it would seem that war was neither the best way nor the only way of achieving such a social reform."
Powell will present a multimedia presentation on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 PM in the meeting room at Greenwich Library. The talk is part of the Selective Eye author series and is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library. For more information, please call 203-622-7938.