Presently on the faculty at Radcliffe, historian/scholar Chandra Manning returns to the Pacific Northwest, where she taught for some years at Pacific Lutheran, to discuss her important new book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War (Knopf). This excellent nonfiction account speaks to some of what Colson Whitehead, Natashia Deón, and Yaa Gyasi have written of in their powerful recent novels dealing with slavery. “Manning offers a vivid, compelling view of the struggles undertaken by escaped slaves during the Civil War [and] conveys in gritty detail the fraught alliance between refugees and their military protectors”  – Kirkus Reviews. “The end of slavery came through an unplanned alliance between the Union army and black refugees from slavery who came within the army’s lines during the Civil War.  Digging deeply into a wealth of sources, Chandra Manning has provided a powerful new account of how emancipation actually proceeded on the ground and how former slaves and the army forged a new order of freedom and black citizenship.” –James M. McPherson.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122