Third Thursday Talk: ” Liquid Boundaries: Pro- and anti-slavery sentiments from the pages of Marietta’s newspapers, 1801-1863″ Virtual
Suggested Price: $5.00
Thursday, June 16th, 2022 7pm – 8pm
In Marietta before the Civil War, the Ohio River created a distinct geographical division between slave and “free” territory, but the division between those who supported slavery and those who did not was not always so clear. A media-rich town, Marietta was home to more than a dozen newspapers between its first publication, in 1801, and the day in 1863 when the neighboring shore became a “free” state, West Virginia.
In Liquid Boundaries, we will review clues found in the pages of Marietta’s press during those sixty-plus years of the prevailing sentiments about slavery and freedom in an area where issues about the morality, economic feasibility, and personal safety of this “peculiar institution” were intertwined as surely as the populations on the Virginia and Ohio shores. The newspapers’ reports reveal that the boundary between slavery sentiments was often as liquid as the ever-changing and flowing river that formed the geographical border between Virginia and Ohio.
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