New Book Challanges Vermont’s Abolitionist Reputation


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Vermont slaveryVermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution—but is that what really happened?

In a new book, The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810 (Vermont Historical Society, 2014), historian Harvey Amani Whitfield challenges this myth by showing that the enslavement of African Americans continued in Vermont for another 30 years, even as anti-slavery sentiment continued to swell.

The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810 will be enlightening to Vermont teachers and students, scholars of the early national and antebellum periods of U.S. history, and anyone interested in the history of Vermont.  The book can be purchased at the website of the Vermont Historical Society.

Harvey Amani Whitfield is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont. His areas of research are the black populations of the Maritime colonies and Vermont. He is the author of Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860 (University Press of New England, 2006) and has also published numerous articles and book reviews, including “The Struggle Over Slavery in the Maritime Colonies,” Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, 41 (Autumn 2012).

You can read more about the book over at Seven Days.

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