The History Behind The Third Mrs. Galway

It is 1835 and Utica is a city divided. A coordinated effort is underway to destroy the abolitionists’ plan to create a state-wide Anti-Slavery Society. In the novel The Third Mrs. Galway, 19-year-old Helen has recently married Augustin Galway, a wealthy and much older pillar of the community who believes the best place for the formerly enslaved is in Liberia. Just as Helen is adapting to her new life, in her tool shed she finds a heavily pregnant Imari and her young son, both fugitives from slavery in Virginia. Legally Helen is bound to turn the fugitives to the authorities; morally she must decide what is right. In this presentation, author Dierdre Sinnott presents the history behind some of the notable historical events covered in her 2020 publication.


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