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No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding
  • Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Time: 4:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Did slaveholders actually enshrine human bondage in our founding documents at the birth of our nation as some historians have charged? In his new book, No Property in Man,political historian Sean Wilentz invites a fresh debate about the political and legal struggles over slavery that began during the Revolution and concluded with the defeat of the Confederacy at the end of the Civil War.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.