Dr. Gene Allen Smith, professor of history and director of the Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University will discuss his most recent book, The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812. The book explores the history-changing decisions made by the African – American combatants of the crucial conflict, and how the opportunity to fight changed the course of slavery in America. Co-sponsored by the Papers of James Monroe, the James Monroe Museum, and the UMW History Department in honor of Black History Month. Location: Lee Hall, room 411. Free and open to public.