Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War: Part Five: War and Freedom

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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 Five: The Shape of War
Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Program consists of readings from America's War (2012):
  • Abraham Lincoln, address on colonization [1862] *online*
  • John M. Washington, "Memorys [sic] of the Past" [1873] *online*
  • Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation [1863] *online*
  • Frederick Douglass, "Men of Color, To Arms!" [March 1863] *online*
  • Abraham Lincoln, letter to James C. Conkling [1863] *online*
  • Abraham Lincoln, letter to Albert G. Hodges [1864] *online*
  • Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address [1863] *online*
  • James S. Brisbin, report on U.S. Colored Cavalry in Virginia [Oct. 2, 1864] *online*
  • Colored Citizens of Nashville, Tennessee, Petition to the Union Convention of Tennessee Assembled in the Capitol at Nashville [January 9, 1865] *online*
  • Margaret Walker, excerpt from Jubilee [1966]
  • Leon Litwack, excerpt from Been in the Storm So Long [1979]
  • Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865 *online*
List of Discussion Dates and Registration Information

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.