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Book Talk – In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley

October 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley 1735–1831

by Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini
foreword by A.J. Williams-Myers, Black Studies Department, SUNY at New Paltz

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

 —- Frederick Douglass


 Featuring 523 archival newspaper notices for runaway slaves, plus notices for slaves captured, slaves for sale, and notices offering to purchase slaves, all with full transcriptions.

Includes 9 tables analyzing the data in the 512 notices for 607 documented runaways from Hudson Valley enslavers; glossary; indexes of names, locations, and subjects; 36 illustrations, and 5 maps



The Authors

Susan Stessin-Cohn, former professor of social studies education at SUNY New Paltz and Director of Education at Historic Huguenot Street, is currently the Historian for the Town of New Paltz, New York. She is a recipient of the Bruce Dearstyne Award for excellence in the educational use of local government records; the New York State Archives Award for the best use of primary local documents in a curriculum in NYS; and the Pride of Ulster County Award for research on the Ulster County Poorhouse.

Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini is the former Manager of Collections and Archives at Historic Huguenot Street where, among her varied duties, she led student field schools in archaeology. Ashley and Susan have curated various exhibits including: Slavery in New York; Native American History in the Hudson Valley; Nineteenth-Century Women and Their Needle Arts; and Nineteenth-Century Mourning Customs.


October 26, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Horace Greeley House
100 King Street
Chappaqua, NY 10514 United States
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(914) 238-4666