The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont 1777-1810

Patrick Lamphere •

When: Feb 7, 2022, 7:00 PM

In observance of Black History Month, the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is pleased to announce:
Book Discussion, February 7th at 7:00 PM via Zoom

The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont 1777-1810, by Harvey Amani Whitfield

Vermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution—but is that what really happened? This book "explodes this myth, demonstrating conclusively that the enslavement of people of color under various guises persisted in the state for another thirty years," attests Joanne Pope Melish, Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky.

Harvey Amani Whitfield forces us to squarely consider the deepest questions about what freedom actually meant for African Americans in Vermont well into the nineteenth century.

The book discussion is free. To register and/or to purchase the book, go to:

If you have questions or trouble with the website, please contact me.

Special thanks to a grant from Vermont Humanities for making this event possible.

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