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Religious Resolve: Stories from Our Past, for Our Future (Program 3)

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Free
Religious Resolve: Stories from Our Past, for Our Future

Onesimus and Rev. Cotton Mather: Race, Religion and the Press in Colonial America

The third program in the Freedom Forum’s series, Religious Resolve: Stories from Our Past, for Our Future, explores a story that received cursory attention when the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged in the United States. That is the story of the enslaved man, Onesimus, who was inoculated for smallpox in Africa and who taught The Rev. Cotton Mather the technique just as a deadly smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721. While this historical fact is known, the program will explore less familiar but interesting aspects of the story. How did other Boston religious and medical leaders react to Rev. Mather’s promotion of African medical techniques? How did Benjamin Franklin get involved? How did the ensuing confusion lead to the development of Boston’s first independent newspaper? And what happened to Onesimus after Rev. Mather finally gave up on converting him to Christianity?

Speakers include:

  • Tom Meenan, citizen researcher and educator for the Freedom Forum
  • J.L. Bell, historian, writer, and speaker who specializes in the start of the American Revolution in Boston and maintains the Boston 1775 blog

For more information about the series, contact [email protected].

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

This series is made possible by generous support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Details

Date:
October 1
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
http://tiny.cc/lhiqsz

Venue

Zoom Video Webinar

Organizer

Freedom Forum
Phone:
202/292-6100
Email:
info@freedomforum.org
Website:
https://www.freedomforum.org