Rather than presenting the Constitution as a cynical political bargain enshrining slavery in the new nation, Sean Wilentz argues that it actually restricted slavery’s legitimacy, and kept alive the eventual possibility of antislavery politics the national level. Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton, author of seven other books and co-author or editor of many more, and the winner of multiple prizes and awards, including the Bancroft and Pulitzer (finalist). He is also historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website. 7:00pm lecture (registration and refreshments starting at 6:30pm), followed by a book signing.
$25; $20 for members. Reservations Recommended.
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
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