Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union has provided a generous grant in support of the upcoming public program on James Tallmadge and the Missouri Crisis of 1819-1821. The program — jointly sponsored by the MHAHP, the Office of the Dutchess County Historian, and the Stanford Historical Society — will be held on Sunday, February 10th, at BANGALLWORKS, a coworking and community space, in Bangall, New York. Our featured speaker is John R. Van Atta, whose most recent book, Wolf By the Ears, is the latest analysis of this important episode in the history of slavery and antislavery reaction in the United States.
Particularly relevant is the fact that the original amendment to Missouri’s request for admission as a state — an amendment that would have banned slavery there – came from James A. Tallmadge, Jr., of Stanfordville, New York. The introduction of the amendment and the ensuing firestorm of controversy it created shows how widespread and volatile the issue of slavery was in our country at that time.
“The credit union is pleased to help sponsor this event,” said Lisa Morris, Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Corporate Communications. “As a company committed to diversity, we’re happy to raise awareness of this important connection Dutchess County has to a historic milestone.”
The program begins at 1:30pm, and is free. The Merritt Bookstore will be selling copies of Wolf by the Ears for our speaker to sign.
Please join us!!!