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When the Church and Republicans Were Radical: Reconstruction, 1862-1895
Dr. Elise Guyette presents an illustrated talk delving into the widely misunderstood history of Reconstruction using South Carolina as an example. Dr. Guyette focuses on Radical Republicans and missionaries who flocked to South Carolina even before the war ended to assist freedmen and women in creating better lives. This talk features Vermonters, including a man who once worked at Rokeby Museum, and explains many actions and policies still affecting the nation today. Guyette is author of Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburg, 1790-1890, and is the co-founder of the Burlington Edible History Tour. Part of the Rokeby’s 2019 Special Exhibit Lecture Series.