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Monday, January 30, 2006

Connecticut’s Role in Slavery Featured at Library

Connecticut was the last state in New England to abolish slavery, and at one point about half of the state’s ministers, lawyers, and public officials were slave owners.

Hartford Courant journalist Joel Lang discusses these facts and the general complicity of Connecticut and the North in slavery on Monday, Feb. 6 at noon in Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Co-author of the recently published “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery,” Lang was the lead writer for the 80-page, September 2002 special issue of the Courant’s Sunday magazine on Connecticut’s complicity in slavery.

It was the special issue that drew the attention of a literary agent who approached the Courant about expanding the research into a book.

Lang joined the Hartford Courant in 1968 and has been a staff writer for its Sunday magazine section since 1981.

A Rhode Island native, he graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown.

Among his journalism prizes is the Master Reporter Award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors.

Part of the [email protected] Library series sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit


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