Author talk at the Beals Library 

  • On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., the Beals Memorial Library will host a talk by Carla Barringer Rabinowitz, author of the recently released book, "Borderers: Becoming Americans on the Southern Frontier." —Submitted photo

Published: 2/8/2019 5:59:55 PM

WINCHENDON — The Beals Memorial Library will host Carla Barringer Rabinowitz, author of the recently released book “Borderers: Becoming Americans on the Southern Frontier.” The talk, with discussion to follow, will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium.

The book, published by Haley’s of Athol, is a story of race, class, religion and community at the dawn of America. It follows the real-life journeys of two families of southern backwoodsmen from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast over the course for four generations. In the course of their migrations they encountered Quakers, Baptists, and Freemasons; Patriots, Loyalists, corrupt officials and rebellious Regulators; enslaved people, free people of color, Highland Scots, Cherokees, Choctaws, and French habitants. They survived revolution, civil war, lawsuits, religious battles, and two or three murders. One of them was briefly a governor.  Some of their descendants are white, some black. Their journeys offer glimpses into fascinating corners of American history that most of us have never heard of.

Carla Barringer Rabinowitz has lived in Royalston with her husband, Phil Rabinowitz, for more than forty years. She has worked as a mediator and as the Director of an education-related non-profit, served five terms on the Athol-Royalston Regional School District Committee, and was a founding member and Board President of the Athol-Royalston Education Foundation.

The Beals Library is located at 50 Pleasant St.



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