Please join us for a slide presentation and book talk by Bill Carey, author of Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls. The catchy title evokes a grim period of American History in which slavery was “embedded in every level of Tennessee society. Every resident of antebellum Tennessee would have been accustomed to the sight and sound of enslaved “chain gangs,” known as coffles, being herded from one place to another.”
Bill Carey will be talking about the main points of his book: data from runaway slave ads, advertisements for slave traders, descriptions of slaves bought by the government of Nashville in 1830, proof that slaves were given away in Tennessee lotteries to raise money for state government, evidence that a slave died in the construction of the Tennessee State Capitol, and details about court-mandated slave sales on the steps of courthouses across Tennessee.
You will be able to purchase his book at this event, and have it autographed. ($30 cash or check)
Williamson County Public Library, First Floor Meeting Room
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The presentation starts at 2 p.m. with the book signing following.
Tickets are not required, but we love to know who’s coming! Register here.
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