Talk and book-signing with Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

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Event Date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Talk and book-signing with Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, authors of Tasting Freedom:  Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7th

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Reservations are appreciated.  Please RSVP by March 5th to 610.692.4800 or rsvp@chestercohistorical.org.

The authors of the acclaimed biography of 19th-century Philadelphia civil rights pioneer Octavius Catto will discuss Catto’s life, legacy, and the world in which he lived.  Biddle and Dubin will also explain how they went about shaping their seven years of research into a compelling narrative. 

From the book jacket: “Octavius Valentine Catto was a second baseman on Philadelphia’s best black baseball team, a teacher at the city’s finest black school, an activist who fought in the state capital and on the streets for equal rights, and an orator who shared the stage with Frederick Douglass.  With his murder during an election-day race riot in 1871, the nation lost a civil rights pioneer—one who risked his life a century before the events that took place in Selma and Birmingham.”

About the authors:

Daniel R. Biddle, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is currentlyThe Philadelphia Inquirer‘s politics editor.  Murray Dubin, author of South Philadelphia: Mummers, Memories and the Melrose Diner, was a reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 34 years.