Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slavery's Constitution

Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.

David Waldstreicher, Professor of History at Temple University and author of Runaway America and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes; will discuss his new book Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification, which explores the impact of slavery on the United States Constitution. By tracing slavery from before the Revolution, through the Constitution’s framing, and into the public debate that followed, Waldstreicher rigorously shows that slavery was not only actively discussed behind the closed and locked doors of the Constitutional Convention, but that it was also deftly woven into the Constitution itself.

This event, presented by the Library Company’s Program in African American History, and co-sponsored by the National Constitution Center is open to the public free of charge. Please RSVP to or call 215-546-3181.