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Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War - Program Registration

Jefferson City, MO – Inman E. Page Library at Lincoln University received a $3,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a five-part reading and discussion series. The library is one of 65 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series which will encourage participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation. Local support for the series is provided by Friends of Page Library.

“The Civil War takes us back to a time in American history when civility ruptured and the nation split in two,” said Jim Leach, chairman of NEH.  “The sesquicentennial of the Civil War and emancipation is an occasion for America to reflect together about the causes and ramifications of our greatest internal conflict, and a most appropriate way for ‘us the living’ to renew the American spirit in these still-troubled times.”

In addition to program funding, the library will receive copies of the following works:

  • “March” by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006)
  • “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • “America’s War: Talking About the  Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” a forthcoming anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

Dr. Adam Arenson will lead the discussion of the book at opening session on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lloyd L. Gaines Ethnic Studies Center in Page Library. Dr. Adam Arenson, is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas at El Paso.  He specializes in nineteenth-century North American history, with a particular interest in the cultural and political history of slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction, and the development of American cities.  Dr. Arenson's first book, The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War, was published by Harvard University Press in January 2011.

For details or to register, visit http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/library/library and click on registration. To register by telephone and/or email and to obtain copies of program materials, please contact Angela Martin, Assistant to the Dean of Library Services, either by telephone at 573.681.5502 or by email atmartina@lincolnu.edu.

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