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Feb
24
Mon
Suing for Freedom: Slavery and the Law in Early America @ Golden History Museum
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Suing for Freedom: Slavery and the Law in Early America

Honor Sachs

Honor Sachs

During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, enslaved people challenged their status in court. They devised legal strategies, studied law, and worked with lawyers to gain freedom in jurisdictions throughout the colonial era and early national republic. This presentation by Dr. Honor Sachs follows the story of one extended slave family in Virginia who initiated dozens of freedom suits over multiple generations between the American Revolution and the 1820s, claiming freedom by reason of Native American descent. Although this family worked with some of the nation’s most famous lawyers – including Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall – their story has remained largely unknown. This talk reveals hidden stories about slavery, law, and family in early America.  

Honor Sachs is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier (2015.) Her teaching covers early America broadly, with particular focus on the revolutionary and founding eras, histories of race and slavery, legal and constitutional history, and histories of family, genealogy, and memory.




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Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Apr
9
Thu
Wharf Rats from New Orleans @ Golden History Museum
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wharf Rats from New Orleans

On May 3, 1855, three mercenaries known as the Immortals, and identified as Edward Chinn, Mark Taylor, and Edgar Vanover, boarded a ship in San Francisco and sailed under the command of William Walker to Nicaragua. The hired guns gave battle to the Nicaraguan nationalistic troops at Rivas and for a short time opened the South American country to slavery. The victory at Rivas was ill conceived, poorly led, and the Immortals were lucky to escape Nicaragua with their lives. Rumors abounded in California that they swam back to the States. Other rumors circulated that they rode stolen horses from California to their destination of Golden City, Colorado Territory.

Dennis Potter, retired Captain of the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department, criminal justice professor, and previous presenter of the popular “Operation Hideout: The Investigation into the Kidnapping and Murder of Adolph Coors III” returns for this exciting program.



San Francisco

San Francisco


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.