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Book Talk: John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery

July 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason discussing their recent book, John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary. The book sheds light on Adams’s shifting views about slavery, which evolved over a period of time that included both the birth of the United States and the foundations of the conflicts leading to civil war.

The presentation and book signing will be Wednesday, July 19 from noon to 1 pm. The event will be held in Ketchum Hall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building (200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002) and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration through www.uschs.org is requested.

By juxtaposing Adams’s personal reflections on slavery with what he said—and did not say—publicly on the issue, the authors offer a nuanced portrait of how he interacted with prevailing ideologies during his consequential career and life.

Waldstreicher is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center whose work spans political history, cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and print culture in the early republic of the United States. Mason is an Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University. He has written and co-edited several books, including Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic and Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation.

The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol, its institutions, and the people who have served therein.


July 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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United States Capitol Historical Society