*SOLD OUT* Unite Cloud Book Club: Slavery’s Reach


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Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State

Author: Christopher P. Lehman

Here in MN, some folks think we aren’t racist because we are not a southern state and “never had slaves”. Is that true? Did slave labor help build MN businesses? Did Minnesotans have ties to Southern plantations? Come and explore these questions and more with local historian and SCSU professor, Dr. Christopher Lehman. Read a chapter or two of his award-winning book Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State with your neighbors each week and talk about it during a weekly Zoom session with the author!

Dates: Thursdays, Aug 6th-Sept. 24th 2020 (no session August 20th)
Time: 7-8pm
Where: Zoom (link will be sent to those who register)
Cost: FREE, except the cost of the book (Buy on Amazon. Also available locally at Barnes & Noble.)

Sign up by: Thursday, July 30th  (an email will be sent to all participants on Friday, July 31st with the reading plan, so please make sure you have the book by this date!)

Participation will be capped at 40 people.

About the Book:
From the 1840s through the end of the Civil War, leading Minnesotans invited slaveholders and their wealth into the free territory and free state of Minnesota, enriching the area’s communities and residents. Dozens of southern slaveholders and people raised in slaveholding families purchased land and backed Minnesota businesses. Slaveholders’ wealth was invested in some of the state’s most significant institutions and provided a financial foundation for several towns and counties. And the money generated by Minnesota investments flowed both ways, supporting some of the South’s largest plantations.

Author bio:
Christopher P. Lehman is a professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was the first African American to graduate through the Honors Program at Oklahoma State University, and he earned his graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Institute. He is the author of six books, and his most recent book Slavery’s Reach won a Minnesota Book Award.