This is gonna be a blast!

We’ve announced some of the main-stage presentations and performances for TOS-Con 2020. Here’s the program so far:

Designing Your Life around a Central Purpose
Rajshree Agarwal

Ins and Outs of Start-Ups
Isaac Morehouse

Music and Life
David Crawford

Do Process: A Strategy for Thriving
Craig Biddle

Heroes of Philosophy
Andrew Bernstein

A Brush with John Singer Sargent
Timothy Sandefur

The Scientific and Industrial Revolutions: What's the Connection?
Jason Crawford

Edmond Rostand: Soul of a Romantic, Smuggler of the Ideal
Lisa VanDamme

America's Revolutionary Ideas: Their History and Future
Bradley Thompson and Timothy Sandefur

Social Media and Civil Society
Jon Hersey

Secular Spirituality: The Nature and Nurture of Your Mind and Soul
Craig Biddle

The Romantics, a play by Edmond Rostand
Directed by Lisa VanDamme

Register now to take advantage of early-bird pricing—and save up to 50%.

Sharpen your mind. Fuel your soul. Excel in life. Fight for liberty.

If these are your goals, this conference is for you.

I hope you’ll join us in Boston for the most life-enhancing conference of the year!

Endnotes

1. Cate Lineberry, Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017), 32.

2. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 40.

3. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 44.

4. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 35.

5. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 39.

6. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 56–57.

7. “Freedom” is a relative term here. In South Carolina at the time, a small percentage of blacks were “free” but only in certain respects. Their rights were recognized and protected by the government to a limited extent, but they were still second-class citizens in many ways.

8. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 47.

9. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 15.

10. Lucas Reilly, “Robert Smalls: The Slave Who Stole a Confederate Warship and Became a Congressman,” Mental Floss, February 12, 2019, https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/91630/robert-smalls-slave-who-stole-confederate-warship-and-became-congressman; Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 12.

11. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 13.

12. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 19.

13. PBS, “Robert Smalls: A Daring Escape,” November 5, 2013, https://www.pbs.org/video/african-americans-many-rivers-cross-robert-smalls-daring-escape/.

14. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 22.

15. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 24.

16. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 24–25.

17. “Contrabands” was a term often used by Northerners to refer to escaped slaves; Henry Louis Gates Jr., “Which Slave Sailed Himself to Freedom?,” PBS, http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/which-slave-sailed-himself-to-freedom/ (accessed January 23, 2020).

18. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 77.

19. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 77–78.

20. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 77–78.

21. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 80.

22. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 80.

23. Howard Westwood, Black Troops, White Commanders and Freedmen During the Civil War (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991), 74–85.

24. Gerald S. Henig, “The Unstoppable Mr. Smalls,” HistoryNet, https://www.historynet.com/unstoppable-mr-smalls.htm (accessed January 23, 2020).

25. Westwood, Black Troops, White Commanders and Freedmen, 85.

26. Lineberry, Be Free or Die, 209–10.

27. Catherine Reef, African Americans in the Military (New York: Infobase Publishing, 2014), 184–86.

28. Stanley Turkel, Heroes of the American Reconstruction: Profiles of Sixteen Educators, Politicians and Activists (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005), 139. When Smalls learned that two black men were about to be lynched by an angry mob, he confronted the mob’s leader and told him that he’d positioned black “operatives” all over town who had been instructed to burn it to the ground if the lynching weren’t stopped. No part of that was true, but the mob’s leader believed Smalls and called off the lynching.

29. “He Sunk the Rebel Rag, My Boys, Hurrah for Robert Smalls,” Daily Kos, July 16, 2019, https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/16/1870630/-He-sunk-the-rebel-rag-my-boys-Hurrah-for-Robert-Smalls.

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