Public Program- Graham Russell Gao Hodges and Gary B. Nash

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 7:30pm

The Remarkable Revolutionary Relationship between Tadeuz Kosciuszko and Agrippa Hull
by Graham Russell Gao Hodges and Gary B. Nash

This program based upon the newly published book, Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull. A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and a Tragic Betrayal of Freedom in the New Nation (Basic Books, 2008). In it the authors will describe the relationship between Kosciuszko (1746 - 1817) and his black aide de camp and Massachusetts native, Agrippa Hull. Kosciuszko rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the American Continental Army before returning to his native Poland and becoming a national hero, general, and leader of the Kosciuszko Uprising in 1794. As completely different as these two men were, their lives and that of Jefferson intersected with the issues of freedom, race and identity on both sides of the Atlantic during the Revolutionary era.

Graham Russell Gao Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History at Colgate University. He is the author of seven books including Root & Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863.

Gary B. Nash is professor of history emeritus at UCLA and Director of the National Center for History in the Schools. He is the author of many books on colonial and revolutionary America; past president of the Organization of American Historians; and elected member of the American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Antiquarian Society

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