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December 19, 2008

National Archives Presents Free Public Programs in January 2009 Related to the Treaty of Paris

"1783:  Subject or Citizen" Exhibit Celebrates Treaty’s 225th Anniversary

Washington, DC…In January, the National Archives will present a series of public programs inspired by the exhibition 1783:  Subject or Citizen? running through January 25, 2009, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. These programs include a special panel discussion slaves seeking freedom with the British Army during the American Revolution and a screening of the film The Far Horizons (1955). All events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building, which is fully accessible. Please use the National Archives Building Special Events entrance on the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.

Treaty of Paris Film Series: The Far Horizons
Saturday, January 10, at noon
William G. McGowan Theater
This film series features Hollywood’s depiction of the events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War and the postwar westward expansion enabled by the Treaty of Paris.

Following the United States’ acquisition of the Louisiana Territory from the French, Meriwether Lewis (Fred MacMurray), William Clark (Charlton Heston), and their Native American guide Sacagawea (Donna Reed) set out to find a waterway that would connect St. Louis and the Pacific Ocean. Directed by Rudolph Maté. (107 minutes, 1955)

The Black Loyalists and Their Flight to Freedom
Thursday, January 22, at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater
During the American Revolution, thousands of slaves fled their masters seeking freedom with the British. After the Treaty of Paris in 1783, more than 3,000 departed with the British Army, most of whom were transported to Nova Scotia. During the War of 1812, thousands more black refugees from the United States rebelled against their owners and attempted to reach the British military encampments. What were their experiences, and what were the far-reaching effects of their exodus? Edna Greene Medford, associate professor of history, Howard University, moderates a discussion on this topic with a distinguished panel including James W. St. G. Walker, professor of history, University of Waterloo; Harvey Amani Whitfield, associate professor of history, University of Vermont; and Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie, assistant professor of history, Howard University.

For information on National Archives Public Programs, call (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For more information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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