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Seward and the Tsar: Alaska and Emancipation - Presentation by Author Mike Dunham

June 2017

Image courtesy of Mike Dunham

Join us at the Valley Library for this free presentation on the major players involved in the purchase of Russian interests in Alaska. Using material from his books "The Man Who Sold Alaska" and "The Man Who Bought Alaska," Dunham will connect the biographies of William Seward, Tsar Alexander II, U.S. General Jefferson Davis, and Chilkat leader Koh'Klux, and place the acquisition of Russian America by the Unites States, 150 years ago, in perspective with their other achievements, notably the ending of slavery in North America. Mike Dunham came to Alaska in 1955 and grew up in villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim. He also lived in small towns on Kodiak, the Kenai Peninsula, Southeast Alaska and, finally, Anchorage. He was a broadcaster and journalist, mainly working in Anchorage, for 50 years before retiring in January of this year. Dunhamís two short books concerning the purchase of Alaska, "The Man Who Bought Alaska" and "The Man Who Sold Alaska," came out in March. He is also the 2016 recipient of the First Amendment Award from the Alaska Press Club. Please note that this program takes place at the Valley Library, not at the City Museum.

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