Concordian’s Call to the Abolition Movement
Residents of Concord, Massachusetts responded strongly to the abolition movement that radiated out of Boston in the early 1800s. William Lloyd Garrison, editor of The Liberator, awakened women to agitate against slavery and in nearby Concord women accepted his challenge. This fervor spread to the men of town, including Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father, and Henry David Thoreau. By the start of the Civil War, much of the town will be involved in bringing about an end to slavery, with Louisa May becoming one of the first women allowed to nurse the injured in a make-shift hospital in Washington, D.C. A projected show of photographs of the key players accompanies this lecture.
Despite our biological femaleness and maleness, we humans often also add layers to our bodies that signify woman and man. This show/lecture explores how we create who we are, especially in a media-driven society that relies heavily on appearance. A projected show of statistics, facts and quotes accompanies this dramatic show and reading.
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