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Ash Lawn-Highland sponsors lecture for African American History Month: Monroe and the Crisis of Slavery

From the Ash Lawn-Highland website:

“In honor of African American History Month, scholar Nicholas Wood will give a lecture, free and open to the public, on Monroe and slavery Wednesday, February 11 at 4 pm.

This talk will focus on two episodes of crisis that James Monroe dealt with in executive capacities—Gabriel’s slave rebellion of 1800 during his governorship and the Missouri Crisis of 1819-1820 during his presidency. Both events demonstrated the threat slavery posed to the nation, in the form of domestic insurrections and sectional controversies that could destroy the union. In response to these crises, Monroe increased his support for suppressing the Atlantic slave trade and establishing a program of colonizing freed slaves in Africa. Yet Monroe’s own son-in-law and many other white southerners vehemently opposed these forms of moderate antislavery. Monroe struggled to advance antislavery while preserving the Union, efforts that were further complicated by recurrent diplomatic tensions with Great Britain.”

 

James Monroe Museum sponsors lecture for African American History Month: “The Enslaved Community of James Monroe”

From the JMM website:

“Loudoun County historians Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer will discuss their ongoing research into identifying and tracing the genealogy of the enslaved community of James Monroe. A reception will follow.

Thursday, February 12, 7 p.m., Historic Dining Room at Seacobeck, UMW Fredericksburg campus. Free and open to the public.”

Daniel Preston, editor of the Papers of James Monroe, talks with visitors about the recently released Volume 5. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi, Free-Lance Star

Daniel Preston, editor of the Papers of James Monroe, talks with visitors about the recently released Volume 5. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi, Free-Lance Star

 

 Publication of the Papers of James Monroe, Volume 5

We recently celebrated the publication of Volume 5 of the Monroe Papers, as well as the debut of the recently conserved Monroe silver collection, at the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, VA. Coverage and images are courtesy of the Free-Lance Star.

 

 

 

Past events:

November 10: 27th Annual James Monroe Lecture, “The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World” (sponsored by the James Monroe Museum)

A fundamental component of Britain’s early success, naval impressment not only kept the Royal Navy afloat—it helped to make an empire. In total numbers, impressed seamen were second only to enslaved Africans as the largest group of forced laborers in the 18th century. Dr. Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University, will discuss how the controversy over impressment ultimately contributed to the American Revolution and served as a leading cause of the War of 1812.

October 22: From Monroe to McAuliffe: The Evolution of the Office of Governor of Virginia (sponsored by the James Monroe Museum)

This public forum on the evolution of the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from the era of James Monroe to the present includes the Honorable Gerald Baliles, 65th Governor of Virginia; Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Sceince and International Affairs and Director of the UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies; and Dr. Daniel Preston, Editor of the Papers of James Monroe.