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Slavery: From Scholarship to Public Interpretation

Slave Cabins at Boone Hall Plantation

Slave Cabins at Boone Hall Plantation

Charlottesville, Virginia
Saturday, May 25, 2013

How is slavery interpreted at historic sites – and how has that interpretation evolved over the last quarter century? Those were among the questions addressed at a conference convened at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to consider the history of slavery scholarship and how it makes its way to the American public.

Updated: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 12:07pm (ET)

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