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October 3, 2013

Historian to discuss book at law school

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ‘The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah’ subject of book talk, signing

The American College of History and Legal Studies and Massachusetts School of Law will co-host a free book talk and signing by award-winning historian Dr. J. William Harris on his book, “The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: a Free Black Man’s Encounter with Liberty,” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.

The event, which will be at the Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover, is free and open to the public. Copies of Harris’s book will be available for sale.

Harris is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He specializes in African American and Southern history. His second book, “Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Thomas Jeremiah, the subject of his latest book, was one of fewer than 500 “Free Negros” in South Carolina in 1775, and possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America. A slave-owner himself, Jeremiah was falsely accused by whites, who resented his success as a Charleston harbor pilot, of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the British. Though a free man, Jeremiah was tried in a slave court and sentenced to death. In August 1775, he was hanged and his body burned.

For further information, contact ACHLS Professor and Chair of History Dr. Jessica Parr, 603-458-5145, ext. 10, or email info@achls.org. Guests can also reserve a seat online at www.achls.org. Seating is limited.

Melissa Ferrick comes to Capitol Center

Melissa Ferrick comes to the Spotlight Café at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 6, in support of her first self-produced album since 2004, “the truth is.” The recording represents an evolution in her sound and catalog, as well as being a creative departure in its collaborative approach to the recording process for the multi-instrumentalist.

Raw and rootsy, “the truth is” features a sweeping Americana/alt-country soundtrack that layers pedal steel guitars and background harmonies into some of the lushest, brightest songs of Ferrick’s 20-year career. Special guests include fellow Berklee alum Paula Cole and Rose Polenzani.

Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-’90s, Ferrick was part of a new wave of alt-rock females, including artists like Liz Phair and PJ Harvey, who sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Morrissey proved an early champion when he personally invited her to tour as his opening act. Ferrick eventually went on to found her own label and release a string of albums and EPs (more than 16 to date) in which she played almost every instrument herself.

Tickets to Sunday’s show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $28 and available by calling 225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main St., Concord, N.H.



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