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History forum focuses on slavery is April 24 in Peterborough

The Monadnock Center for History & Culture, in partnership with The New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce University, is presenting a Historic Decisions forum entitled “Slavery or Freedom Forever” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The setting is 1854, and President Franklin Pierce faces a critical choice, one that would determine the fate of his presidency and have a profound impact on the future of the U.S. Should he support the Kansas-Nebraska proposal, which gave local settlers the right to determine whether or not slavery would be permitted? Should he maintain the Missouri Compromise, which banned slavery in these territories? Or, since any decision regarding slavery would significantly impact the nation’s well-being, should practical considerations overrule moral rhetoric?

How would you advise President Pierce?

Through the moderated process of deliberative discussion, the topic will be explored from multiple perspectives.

The forum is free, however advance registration is required, and reading materials will be provided. To register, contact call 924-3235 or director@peterboroughhistory.org.

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