The CWRT Congress proudly presents a new series of Civil War lectures called Historian Thursdays. These lectures are both entertaining and inspiring. We will see you in the zoom lecture hall!!
Journalist Jim Remsen will present an illustrated history talk, “Freedom – Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters,” which chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped Southern bondage and dared to openly build new lives in the North. Once the Civil War came, these men and their sons left their safe haven in northeastern Pennsylvania (Remsen’s boyhood hometown) and returned south, into the bowels of slavery, to fight for the Union. Their valor under fire helped to change many minds about black people. Remsen's history book, Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North (Sunbury, 2017), lifts these thirteen remarkable lives out of the shadows, while also shedding light on the racial politics and social codes they and their people endured in the divided North.