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Oct. 9: Lecture addresses post-Civil War African Americans in western Maryland

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—The unique situation of African American men, women and children in western Maryland during the antebellum and post-Civil War period will be the topic of a lecture Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Marx Center at Hood College.

Through little known individual stories, Emilie Amt, Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood, will discuss why slavery continued in Maryland for nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and what happened in the state when the practice ended.

Amt, a medieval historian, teaches courses in ancient and medieval history, early modern Europe and research methods. Her research and writing focuses on the experience of religious women and in 12th- and 13th-century English government, finance and war. She recently spent a yearlong sabbatical researching and writing about slavery and the Episcopal churches of Washington County, Maryland.

For more information, contact Jay Driskell, assistant professor of history, at driskell@hood.edu.