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    "Liberty is in real value next unto Life": Samuel Sewall and The Selling of Joseph

    Presented by and National Park Service: U.S. Department of the Interior at Old South Meeting House

    November 14, 2013


     Thursday, November 14, 12:15 PM to 1 PM

    "Liberty is in real value next unto Life": Samuel Sewall and The Selling of Joseph

    In 1697, Judge Samuel Sewall offered a public apology at Old South Meeting House for his role in the Salem witch trials. Three years later, Sewall wrote The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial, the first anti-slavery tract published in New England. The only surviving copy of this pamphlet is housed today at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Peter Drummey, the librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society, discusses Sewall's use of Biblical text to decry "Man Stealing" as an atrocious crime, and the place of The Selling of Joseph in ongoing discussions of slavery in 18th century New England.

    $1-$6; FREE for OSMH Museum Members

    This program is presented by Old South Meeting House and Boston National Historical Park as part of the November "Middays at the Meeting House" lecture series -- Politics and the Pulpit.

    Old South Meeting House

    310 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02108

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    Admission Info:

    $6 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students, $1 Children (6-18), under age 6 are free. OSMH Museum Members are free

    Phone: 617-482-6439

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