Slaves, Slaveholders And A Kentucky Community’s Struggle Toward Freedom

Whether you dozed off in high school U.S. history or finished top in your class, the curriculum was generally the same: Slavery was a national issue that led to the Civil War. But what about Kentucky’s role? Author Elizabeth D. Leonard examines the intersections of the white and black communities of antebellum Kentucky in her book “Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community’s Struggle toward Freedom” through insights of former slave and abolitionist Sandy Holt and his former owner turned abolitionist, Joseph Holt. Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College and winner of the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, will give a lecture on the topics of her book. —Ysabella Leon

Tuesday, Sept. 17

The Filson Historical Society
6-7 p.m. | Free
1310 S. Third St.