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April 5, 2013

Harvard historian to give Adams Lecture

SALEM — A Harvard University history professor who has written an award-winning book about the forgotten “patriots” of the American Revolution will deliver this year’s Salem Athenaeum Adams Lecture.

Maya Jasanoff, author of “Liberty’s Exiles: Americans Loyalists in the Revolutionary War,” will speak on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at The First Church in Salem, Unitarian, 316 Essex St.

The book, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, tells the story of the losers in the American Revolution, citizens who remained loyal to the British crown, an estimated 60,000 of whom fled the country after the war.

Named for former Salem Athenaeum librarian John Adams, the annual lecture has become a signature event for the private library. Past speakers include Margaret Marshall, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and historians Nathaniel Philbrick and David Hackett Fischer.

Tickets are $30 for adults ($25 for Athenaeum members) and $5 for students with an ID. They can be purchased at www.salemathenaeum.net or by calling 978-744-2540.

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