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Aiken Lecture with Erskine Clarke, By the Rivers of Water

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Date: 1/22/2014

Erskine Clarke is Professor Emeritus of American Religious History and author of Dwelling Place which received a Bancroft Prize. On Wednesday, January 22 at 8:00 pm, Erskine Clarke will discuss his new book, By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey, which traces the path of John Leighton Wilson and his wife Jane, a passionate, hopeful missionary couple who left all the privileges and comforts of their Southern home to spread the gospel in West Africa. Educated Protestants who came from well-established, slaveholding families, Leighton and Jane’s story embodies the tensions of pre-Civil War America that eventually led to one of the bloodiest conflicts in our nation’s history. Their journey from Northern and Southern high society to the shores of Cape Palmas is one of deep contradiction, good intentions and bitter consequences. This lecture will be held at the Atlanta History Center. Admission for all lectures is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, and FREE to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for all lectures. Please call 404.814.4150 or reserve your tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.