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North of Slavery: African-Americans in Vermont, 1760 - 1860

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02/17/2003

African American history is deeply embedded in United States history. Historically, African Americans represented less than half a percent of Vermont's total population, yet recent research reveals that African Americans have played a significant, though largely ignored, part in this region's history. They were settlers, soldiers, refugees, ministers, educators, leaders, and activists. Today, their stories are mostly forgotten. The lives of early African Americans in Vermont are of intrinsic interest - how much more so in a state with such a celebrated anti-slavery heritage. Presented by Ray Zirblis, Adjunct Prof. of History, Norwich University and Community College of Vermont.

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