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Civil War

The Civil War Discussion Group meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees' Room, unless otherwise specified at the Security Desk.
The group meets to discuss themes of the war broadly, such as leadership; battles; military matters; civilian and home front people and events; slavery; and pre-war and post-war politics. Come and enjoy a group that welcomes new members. Everybody learns something every time: a group of the members, by the members, for the members.
For any further questions, please contact the group's co-chair:

2019–2020 Schedule

  • Oct. 23: Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
  • Nov. 19 (N.B. this is the third Tuesday): Cory M. Pfarr, Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Assessment
  • Dec 18 :(N.B. this is the third Wednesday) Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, They Were Her Property: White Women and Slave Owners in the American South
  • Jan 6 (joint meeting with the Fiction group, at their regularly scheduled time of 6:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room): Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
  • Group will not meet at their regularly schedule time of 1/22 given the joint meeting with the Fiction group.
  • Feb. 26: Cate Lineberry, Live Free or Die: Robert Smalls Story
  • Mar. 25 meeting cancelled, reschedule T.B.D.
  • Apr. 22 meeting cancelled
  • ***Group is on hiatus while BA is closed due to COVID-19***
  • future readings:
  • Allen Guelzo, Lincoln and Douglass: The Debates that Defined America
  • David Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Stony Road