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Looking Back At The Anti-Slavery Movement

Ask a school kid, and he or she will tell you that slavery in America ended in the mid-1860s. But when did the movement against slavery start?

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the history of the anti-slavery movement with James Basker, editor of American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation who says it started earlier than you might think.

HEAR MORE: James Basker will speak at 6 p.m., April 2, at the Kansas City, Mo., Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

James Basker is president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Richard Gilder professor of literary history at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery 1660–1810, Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings 1760–1820, and Slavery in the Founding Era: Literary Contexts.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.