Authors to Discuss Archival Research in Writing Book About Enslaved Georgians

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The authors of a new book that explores the lives of Georgians who were enslaved by a prominent Athens family in the 19th century will discuss the research that brought the story to light in a virtual book discussion.

In a Facebook Live event scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, Christopher R. Lawton, Laura E. Nelson, and Randy L. Reid will discuss “Seen/ Unseen: Hidden Lives in a Community of Enslaved Georgians,” which was published by the University of Georgia Press earlier this year. The event is co-sponsored by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, one of three special collections units of the UGA Libraries, which holds personal letters, household records, and other materials explored by the authors to write the book.

While the story takes place on lands held by the Cobb/Lamar family, the book focuses on the lives of Aggy Carter and her father George, Rachel Lamar Cole, Alfred Putnam, Berry Robinson, Bob Scott, and Sylvia Shropshire and her daughter Polly, placing the experiences of the enslaved community into the historical record.

For more information and for a discount code for the purchase of the book, visit the Special Collections Libraries’ Facebook event page.