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7 PM. Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation by David W. Blight Ph. D. The session, which is free for members and $5 for non members will be moderated by Samuel L. Schaffer, Ph.D. Slave narratives, like those in A Slave No More, are some of the most powerful records of our past. They are extremely rare, according to Professor Blight, with only 55 surviving and only a few first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. The narratives in A Slave No More, tell gripping stories of escape: through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of the occupying Union troops. Using a wealth of genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the north, where they reunited their families.