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Literary Parlor – Clotel

July 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

$6

Join us for a lively discussion led by 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe. Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States is an 1853 novel by United States author and playwright William Wells Brown about Clotel and her sister, fictional slave daughters of Thomas Jefferson. Brown, who escaped from slavery in 1834 at the age of 20, published the book in London. He was staying after a lecture tour to evade possible recapture due to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Set in the early nineteenth century, it is considered the first novel published by an African American and is set in the United States. The novel explores slavery’s destructive effects on African-American families, the difficult lives of American mulattoes or mixed-race people, and the “degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave in the United States of America.”

Details

Date:
July 18
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost:
$6
Website:
https://ebenezermaxwellmansion.org/literary-parlor

Organizer

Diane Richardson
Phone:
215-438-1861
Email:
diane@ebenezermaxwellmansion.org

Venue

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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