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Professor Elise Lemire Discusses “Black Walden”

Featured in the Washington Post, her book delves into “The Black people who lived in Walden Woods long before Henry David Thoreau.”

Professor of Literature Elise Lemire
“‘Walden was a Black space before it was a green space,’ said Elise Lemire, a professor of literature at Purchase College, State University of New York, and author of “Black Walden,” which chronicles the lives of the formerly enslaved people of Walden Woods.

“The existence of these earlier residents also runs directly counter to the popular myth of Massachusetts as the cradle of American liberty and home to an abolitionist movement that had been untarnished by slavery, Lemire notes.”

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