Historian Wilma King discusses her book, The Essence of Liberty: Free Black Women during the Slave Era on Tuesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
With slavery and freedom coexisting rather tenuously in America before 1865, the environment made it possible not only for enslaved women to become free, but also for emancipated women to suddenly lose their independence.
The Essence of Liberty blends social, political, and economic history to analyze the experiences of black women in both the North and the South from the colonial period through emancipation.
Focusing on class and familial relationships, King examines the myriad sources of freedom for black women to show the many factors that, along with time spent in slavery before emancipation, shaped the meaning of freedom.
King’s book will be available for sale and the author will sign copies purchased during the event.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Complete the form below or call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore. (angelakille)