Author Talk & Book Signing


Hopes and Expectations:

The Origins of the Black Middle Class in Hartford

September 20, 2018

Join author Barbara Beeching as she shares details of African American life in 1860s Connecticut based on more than 200 Primus family letters and their intersection with politics and race.


One of the many paradoxes Beeching uncovers is that just as the Civil War was tearing the nation apart, a recognizable black middle class
was emerging in Hartford.


Now retired, Beeching spent many years working in public relations in Connecticut and received a Ph.D. in U. S. History in 2010.


Hear an interview with Barbara Beeching


Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Doors Open 5 PM
Program 5:30-7 PM
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