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Past Event

Reading Californians Book Discussion: South to Freedom

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 is an online-only program; you must pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream program.

October 5, 2021

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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

5–6:15 p.m. program
(all times PDT)