McCauley Lecture: Brown's Secret Six & Beyond: Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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Perhaps best remembered today as one of the Secret Six who supported abolitionist John Brown's attack on Harpers Ferry, Thomas Wentworth Higginson was also a minister, author, politician, and soldier. His involvement with the anti-slavery cause and militant abolitionism began decades prior to Harpers Ferry. Afterward, during the Civil War, Higginson served as colonel of the first federally authorized all-Black regiment. Following the war, he devoted the rest of his life to fighting for the rights of freed people, women, and other disfranchised peoples.

Join historian Richard Smith for an entertaining and educational talk on the fascinating life of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a man who was practically a household name in the 19th Century (he wrote over 500 articles and wrote/edited 35 books) but who is all but forgotten now.

Richard Smith has lectured on and written about antebellum United States history and 19th-Century American literature since 1995. He has worked in Concord, Massachusetts, as a public historian and Living History Interpreter since 1999 and has portrayed Henry Thoreau at Walden Pond and around the country. Richard has written six books for Applewood Books.