The Birmingham Public Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War. In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the series encourages participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation. The series is open to all adults in the community (registration is required) and is led by Dr. Victoria E. Ott, Associate Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College and author of Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War.
Part Four: The Shape of War
Thursday, April 26, 2012
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Program consists of a group discussion on Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (2002) by James M. McPherson, and readings from America's War (2012):
- Drew Gilpin Faust, excerpt from This Republic of Suffering: Death and the Civil War 
- Gary W. Gallagher, "The Net Result of the Campaign was in Our Favor: Confederate Reaction to 1862 Maryland Campaign" 
Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War series is developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support for the series is provided by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Birmingham Public Library.