The Soldier Slighted
Deidre Sperry and Natalie Davis
It is 1793, and Reverend Richard Allen lives in Philadelphia after gaining his freedom from slavery. But when a yellow fever epidemic strikes the city and the rich and powerful abandon the poor, he is asked to serve the white community again by organizing a group of black nurses to treat victims of the virus. Today, you will hear the story of how Allen’s compassion and humanity shaped his surprising response to a city’s call for help, which prompted Allen’s emergence as an advocate for racial equality and opportunity within the United States
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