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A night of history and politics in Salem

Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe

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The Pickering House and the Salem Athenaeum hosted a night with Texas State University assistant professor Ronald Angelo Johnson (right), author of the new book “Diplomacy in Black & White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance.” Monday night’s events — which included a reception with the author at the historic Pickering House — drew a pack of dedicated history buffs, partly because it also featured a talk by Pickering family descendant Thomas R. Pickering (left), a former US ambassador to the United Nations who also served as ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan.

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