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John Laurens’ Revolutionary Advocacy and the American Tradition of Civic Engagement
Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Continental Army officer John Laurens’ passionate advocacy for the emancipation of African Americans actively challenged the practice of slavery as a contradiction of the republican ideals personified by the Revolution. His comrade the marquis de Lafayette reminisced that the “brilliant, devoted, and steady services of Col. Laurens in our revolutionary struggle are so conspicuously connected with the history of American independence and freedom … whenever cause and country were at stake his disposition knew no bounds.” During this workshop we will examine Laurens’ example of civic engagement and how notions of liberty, equality, civic responsibility and natural and civil rights–given life by the success of the American Revolution–have served as touchstones inspiring social change in America for over two hundred years.
Jack Warren will serve as the guest lecturer at this free workshop for teachers. Lunch is provided. Teachers in attendance will receive lesson resources including engravings and manuscripts from the collections of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati and the American Independence Museum.
To register, contact Stacia Smith, American Revolution Institute Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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