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19th C. Literature on the Ohio River Fast Class

PastThursday, October 24, 2019 - 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

In the 1850s, the Ohio River separated Kentucky from its northern neighbors, where slavery was outlawed but African Americans were hardly free, due to various legal restrictions on their right to travel, work, and establish homes. In that context, the river and its environs became the location for various stories – some fictional, some true – of daring escapes and precarious refuge. Professor Susan Ryan (University of Louisville will focus on the famous crossing scene from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the real-life story of Margaret Garner’s flight from Kentucky to Ohio (on which Toni Morrison based her 1987 novel Beloved), both of which involved mothers escaping slavery with young children, this talk considers the complications of maternal devotion in a historical moment rife with legally sanctioned cruelty.

Presented in collaboration with the University of Louisville Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.

Main Library
301 York Street
Louisville, KY USA 40203

Phone: 502-574-1611
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