David Library Fall Lecture Series

  Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 PM: “First Ladies and Slaves: The Ties That Bound,” a lecture by Marie Jenkins Schwartz.  As day-to-day managers of their households, Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, and Dolley Madison dealt with the realities of a slaveholding culture directly and continually. For them, slavery was more than an economic system that made their lavish lifestyles possible. It was a domestic way of life that reflected and reinforced their elite status. Marie Jenkins Schwartz’s book, Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves, offers a close-up look at the complicated intimacy these women shared with their enslaved household help. Schwartz’ lecture will illuminate not only the lives of the founding first ladies and their domestic slaves, but also class, race, and gender in early America

Event date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Rd.
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226147550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 6th, 2017



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