Harvey Amani Whitfield is a history professor at the University of Vermont who’s done in-depth research on how slavery in Vermont illegally existed after its constitution forbade it and how it took decades to eradicate it from the state. This is a pretty good lecture showing slavery was a very resilient institution that could not be eradicated overnight.
The video’s description reads, “Vermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution—but is that what really happened? Find out at this event with Harvey Amani Whitfield, author of The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810. This new book forces us to squarely consider the deepest questions about what freedom actually meant for African Americans in Vermont well into the nineteenth century, even as anti-slavery sentiment continued to swell. The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810 will be enlightening to Vermont teachers and students, scholars of the early national and antebellum periods of U.S. history, and anyone interested in the history of Vermont.”
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