“The Early Presidents and Slavery” is the topic of a panel discussion on President’s Day, Feb. 20, at Walters State Community College. The event begins at 12:20 p.m. in the Chason Lyceum, located inside the Dr. Wade B. McCamey Student Services Building on the Morristown Campus. The discussion will be videostreamed live to other campuses.
Dr. Timothy Holder, head of the college’s history department and the author of several books related to presidents, said most people do not understand how early presidents differed in their view of slavery, and it’s not always a comfortable topic.
“Some early presidents did try to end slavery, but they could have done more. Other presidents weren’t bothered by it,” Holder said.
Holder will be joined by Dr. Marc McClure, professor of history, and Marlin Curnutt, director of student success at the Claiborne County Campus and an adjunct history professor.
The three have chosen to focus on Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James K. Polk, Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor. Polk and Jackson are Tennessee natives.
This presentation is part of Walters State’s celebration of Black History Month. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
In the photo: Walters State invites the community to attend a President’s Day discussion on “The Early Presidents and Slavery.” Participants include, from left, Dr. Timothy Holder, head of the history department; Marlin Curnutt, director of student success at the Claiborne County Campus; and Dr. Marc McClure, professor of history.