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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Date: December 1, 2020

Virginia Theological Seminary is blessed to have a remarkable Board of Trustees. One of these remarkable Board members is William G. Thomas, III. His new book A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery From the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War is a triumph. Dr. Thomas traces “the stories of several enslaved families in Maryland’s Prince George’s County through the generations.”    A glowing New York Times review declares A Question of Freedom is “a rich, roiling history that Thomas recounts with eloquence and skill, giving as much attention as he can to the specifics of each case while keeping an eye trained on the bigger context. The very existence of freedom suits assumed that slavery could only be circumscribed and local; what Thomas shows in his illuminating book is how this view was eventually turned upside down in decisions like Dred Scott. “Freedom was local,” Thomas writes. “Slavery was national.”    Please join me in congratulating Dr. Thomas on his achievement.     The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.  Dean and President

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