Monday, May 9, 2011
Cultural scholar Chris Lehman's new book on slavery in the Upper Midwest is on bookshelves. "Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787- 1865" documents the persistence of slavery in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin through the end of the Civil War. Lehman's research includes details on Mary Butler and other slaves who lived in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids in the mid-19th century. Lehman coordinates the African American Studies minor at St. Cloud State and is the former faculty adviser for the Council of African-American Students on campus. A St. Cloud resident, he holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lehman was recently honored by being accepted at the NEH Summer Institute on "African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights, 1865-1965," sponsored by the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.