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Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7PM - 8PM

In Her Own Words: Mary Merrick Brooks and Strategies of Reform, with Sandra Harbert Pertrulionis

In the decades leading to the Civil War, Concord's most committed antislavery zealot was not one of the town's famous authors but a person you've probably never heard of. Yet from the early 1830s until her death in 1868, Mary Merrick Brooks was at the center of the radical abolitionist effort in Concord. Her unpublished letters testify to the purposeful strategies of political reform she enacted--from pushy persistence and feminine wiles, to shaming and flattery, to outright begging--she resisted, and she persisted. Mary Merrick Brooks is an American hero--come hear why!

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University, Altoona, and the author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord. She has also directed NEH Summer Institutes in Concord on "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller."

Members free. Non-members $10. Pre-registration for this event is now closed. Remaining seats are available to walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This event is at Wright Tavern (2 Lexington Road) and is part of our “People of Concord” Summer Series.


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