May 21 Book Signing Lecture Announced: “The Slaves’ Gamble” Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 by Gene Allen Smith

Gene Allen Smith's The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812

Gene Allen Smith, author of The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812, will talk about his book and autograph copies at a noontime lecture for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society on Wednesday, May 21. The program will be held in Ketchum Hall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Capitol Hill at 200 Maryland Avenue, NE. The program is part of the Society’s ongoing observance of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. It is free and open to the public. Bring your copy of the book to get it autographed by the author. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase. Preregistration is recommended.

Pulitzer prize-winning historian Alan Taylor has praised the book, writing that “in The Slaves’ Gamble, Gene Allen Smith richly details the lives of enslaved people struggling for freedom through an array of strategies in a complex war.  Thoroughly researched and wide-ranging, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian frontier, and from the sunny Caribbean to dank Dartmoor Prison, this superb book illuminates the plight, courage, and resourcefulness of African Americans in the early republic.”

Gene Allen Smith is Professor of History and the director of the Center for Texas Studies at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. During the 2013/14 academic year he is the Class of 1957 Distinguished Lecturer in Naval Heritage at the United States Naval Academy.