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John C. Rodrigue: “The Destruction of Slavery in Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: John C. Rodrigue

John C. Rodrigue will discuss his book Freedom’s Crescent, which examines the destruction of slavery in the four states of the lower Mississippi River valley—Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee—during and just after the Civil War. Beginning with Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 and ending with final ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, it highlights the pivotal role this region played in the outcome of the Civil War and in the ending of slavery in the American South.

John C. Rodrigue is the Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor in the Department of History at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From Slavery to Free Labor in Louisiana’s Sugar Parishes, 1862–1880 and Lincoln and Reconstruction, and he is co-editor of one of the volumes in the series Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867.

Register for Webinar

Legacies & Lunch is a hybrid program—offering participants the opportunity to attend either in person or virtually via Zoom. To participate in person, join us at – NEW LOCATION – UA Little Rock Downtown (333 President Clinton Ave). Parking is available in the surface lot or the CALS Parking Deck which you can access from Rock Street. Parking will be validated. Bring your lunch; we will provide drinks and cookies. To participate virtually, register for the webinar using the button above.

This program will be live-streamed to YouTube and the recording will be available immediately following the event.

About Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas-related topics.

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Date and Time

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm