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Reading Californians Book Discussion: South to Freedom

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We tend to think of runaway slaves in antebellum United States as heading north on the Underground Railroad. In the southern states, the closer choice was to Mexico, which had abolished slavery in 1837.

In The Commonwealth Club's California Book Awards gold medal winner for nonfiction, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War, author Alice Baumgartner tells the important but little-known story of Mexico's radical anti-slavery stance and how it affected slaves in the United States as well as how it might have mitigated the Civil War.

MLF Organizer
Kalena Gregory

MLF: Reading Californians Book Discussion

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols:

• In-person capacity is limited.
Masks are required.
• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff and volunteers must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
• Elevators are limited to a maximum of four (4) people at a time.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Oct 5 / 5:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Alice Baumgartner
Author, South to Freedom
Kalena Gregory
Chair, Reading Californians Book Discussion MLF—Moderator

4:30 doors open & check-in
5–6:15 p.m. program
(all times PDT)