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From the Slave’s Cause to Civil Rights: Community and Liberty in the Berkshires before 1909

April 13, 2022

John historian Dr. Cynthia Farr Brown for the final talk in this series. Dr. Brown approaches the commonly-held progressive arc of Black history in Massachusetts – enslavement, abolition under the Massachusetts constitution, leadership in the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the success of the 20th century civil rights movement – by suggesting that newer scholarship tells a more complex story. She will describe research-informed Berkshires scenarios that complicate the classic trajectory, suggesting what we can still discover about how individuals and communities shaped their own and our shared history.

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Casting Their Own Light: New Perspectives on Berkshires Black History is a series of three lectures presented by historian Dr. Cynthia Farr Brown is drawn from her research and reading on the history of Black, indigenous, and mixed-race people in the Berkshires, mostly before the Civil War. Additional lectures take place:

Pittsfield’s First Black Neighborhoods:  Thoughts on Black Community in 19th Century Pittsfield

March 23 – Women of Color in the Berkshires Before 1850


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April 13, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Berkshire County Historical Society – virtual
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