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McCauley Lecture Series

McCauley Lecture at Fletcher Library April 2, 2018

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, April 2 at 7:00 PM

Much like the rest of the nation, South Central Pennsylvania struggled with slavery. The institution lingered locally for more than fifty years, although it was virtually extinct everywhere else within Pennsylvania. Gradually, anti-slavery views prevailed. The Appalachian Mountains and the Susquehanna River provided natural cover for fleeing slaves, causing an influx of travel along the Underground Railroad. Locals like William Wright and James McAllister assisted these runaways while publicly advocating to abolish slavery. Historian Cooper Wingert reveals the struggles between slavery and abolition in South Central Pennsylvania.

Wingert is the author of 11 books including "Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania," "Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania," "The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign’s Northernmost Reaches," and "Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union." He is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Award for Confederate History, and has appeared on C-SPAN Book TV. He serves as Secretary of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association and is a student at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pa. His current research focuses on the enforcement of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.