West of Slavery
Lectures and Workshops

Book Talk: West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

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Free for Autry Members / Ticket Includes Museum Admission
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About the Event

California was a free state in name only. Author Kevin Waite reveals how Southern slaveholders infiltrated the American West in the decade before the Civil War. They passed slave codes in Utah and New Mexico, sponsored separatist movements in Southern California and Arizona, orchestrated a territorial purchase from Mexico, and even killed antislavery rivals. Collectively, their efforts transformed California and the Far Southwest into a political appendage of the plantation states, and triggered a series of conflicts that culminated in the Civil War. As Waite argues, the struggle over slavery played out on a transcontinental stage.

Presentation followed by a book signing – copies available at the Autry Store