The Newberry Seminar in Early American History, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University present:
"Mixed Legacies: The Jay Family, Revolution, and Slavery"
February 28, 2002, 3:30-5:30 pm
The American Revolutionary era bequeathed a paradoxical legacy for those who would reform the nation during the succeeding generations. William Jay, tireless abolitionist author and president of the American Peace Society, understood better than most the nation's complicated racial past and had particular reason to wrestle with the nation's revolutionary heritage. The son and biographer of founding father John Jay, Judge William Jay wrote from the family homestead that numbered among its house servants former Jay family slaves. A self-conscious elitist, the younger Jay refused to reconcile himself to the democratic fruits of an eighteenth-century republican revolt. Yet in peace and immediate abolition, William Jay embraced causes of potentially revolutionary scope, causes that simultaneously extended and challenged the meaning of his own career.
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