Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  1/8/2014

Making Sense of the Civil WarRedmond Library • February – April, 2014

“A hundred and fifty years after the pivotal event in our nation’s history, we are still discovering its meanings,” says Civil War historian and author Edward L. Ayers. This year commemorates the anniversary of that horrible time in our history, when one in four men was lost, families were torn apart, and the courage of our new nation was tested.

Deschutes Public Library invites you to join in the discussion during Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a series of five conversations exploring different facets of the Civil War experience. The discussions are informed by reading the words written or uttered by powerful voices from the past and present, including Fredrick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, James M. McPherson, and Shelby Foote.

The discussions focus on three books: “March,” by Geraldine Brooks, “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam,” by James McPherson, and “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” edited by Edward L. Ayers. Series materials will be available for participants. Annemarie Hamlin, an assistant professor at Central Oregon Community College will lead the discussions.

Kick off for the series is February 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and includes a presentation by Civil War re-enactor John Baker.

All discussions will be held at the Redmond Library. The series discussion topics and dates are:

For details, copies of program materials or to register (or register online using the program links above) for the series, contact Jenny Pedersen at 541/312-7089. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Jenny at 541/312-7089.

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