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  • Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts

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    It's true that the Americans Who Tell the Truth project has become all about education, but the primary education has been my own. In the past ten years I have learned more about our history, why our history is the way it is, and some of the people who have guided its evolution in order to be more in line with its own ideals than I had ever thought possible. Many of the people I've painted were totally unknown to me before I began the portrait series.
  • Our New Website

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    The New AWTT WebsiteToday, August 13, 2012, we launched our new Americans Who Tell the Truth website. It is the culmination of an 8 month process led by my son Aran Shetterly who is now the Executive Director of AWTT. Aran has technical skills far beyond anything I could imagine and an ability to coordinate disparate parts of this project that have given it a new shape. A great deal of credit also goes to our software designer Dima Ciubatii.
  • Painting Walt Whitman

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    I had pinned this credo (below) of Walt Whitman to my studio wall many years ago because it represented to me the essential democratic impulse, something I liked to keep in mind while painting.Overwhelmed by anger at the attitude and manner that our government adopted after 9/11, I wanted to honor Whitman's words by painting his portrait. It was an effort to invoke his ghost in order to define to myself what was honest, humane and necessary for the survival of us all.
  • First Blog Entry from the First Website, November, 2004

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    I heard Michael Parenti talking on Alternative Radio this morning on my communtiy station here in Maine ( WERU in Blue Hill).