Houghton Library, Harvard University
How did a fiery abolitionist senator and a genteel poet come together as the closest of
friends? Presented as a dramatic reading of actual historic documents - including letters,
journals, poetry, and speeches - this program will highlight the deep personal relationship
shared between abolitionist politician Charles Sumner and poet Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow. The reading takes listeners from the earliest friendship of these two men to
their antislavery advocacy, from their personal triumphs and tragedies and into their final
years, weaving through the events of the nation including Emancipation.
Join us for this unique look at two of the 19th century's most articulate spokesmen.
View the exhibition Boston's Crusade Against Slaveryduring the post-talk reception.
Professor John Stauffer will provide opening remarks.
Houghton Library is located on Harvard Yard near the corner of Quincy Street and