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Discussion Sessions

Each session will take place in the La Jeunesse Room inside the Old Ranch building starting at 7:00 PM.  The Old Ranch is next the campus post office and across from Frazar Memorial Library.  Parking is free in the large lot across from the Library after 4:00 PM.  Dr. Smith will give a brief presentation prior to each discussion.  Please complete the readings prior to attending.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012Imagining War

   Read the novel March by Geraldine Brooks, 2005

           
Wednesday, March 28, 2012Choosing Sides

   Read selections from the anthology, America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, Edited by Edward L. Ayers

  • Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" [1852];
  • Henry David Thoreau, "A Plea for Captain John Brown" [1859];
  • Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address [March 4, 1861];
  • Alexander H. Stephens, "Cornerstone" speech [March 21, 1861];
  • Robert Montague, Secessionist speech at Virginia secession convention [April 1-2, 1861];
  • Chapman Stuart, Unionist speech at Virginia secession convention [April 5, 1861];
  • Elizabeth Brown Pryor, excerpt from Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Letters[2007];
  • Mark Twain, "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed" [1885]; and
  • Sarah Morgan, excerpt from The Diary of a Southern Woman [May 9, May 17, 1862].

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Making Sense of Shiloh

   Read selections from the anthology, America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, Edited by Edward L. Ayers

  • Ambrose Bierce, "What I Saw of Shiloh" [1881];
  • Ulysses Grant, excerpt from the Memoirs[1885];
  • Shelby Foote, excerpt from Shiloh[1952];
  • Bobbie Ann Mason, "Shiloh" [1982]; and
  • General Braxton Bragg, speech to the Army of the Mississippi [May 3, 1862].

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - The Shape of War

   Read Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, by James McPherson


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - War and Freedom

   Read selections from the anthology, America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, Edited by Edward L. Ayers

  • Abraham Lincoln, address on colonization [1862];
  • John M. Washington, "Memorys [sic] of the Past" [1873];
  • Frederick Douglass, "Men of Color, To Arms!" [March 1863];
  • Abraham Lincoln, letters to James C. Conkling [1863] and Albert G. Hodges [1864];
  • Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address [1863];
  • James S. Brisbin, report on U.S. Colored Cavalry in Virginia [Oct. 2, 1864];
  • Colored Citizens of Nashville, Tennessee, Petition to the Union Convention of Tennessee Assembled in the Capitol at Nashville [January 9, 1865];
  • Margaret Walker, excerpt from Jubilee[1966];
  • Leon Litwack, excerpt from Been in the Storm So Long[1979]; and
  • Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865.


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