Making Sense of the American Civil War (1861-1865)
Reading and Discussion Symposium March 23 - May 4, 2015
NOTE! Series registration is limited to 35 participants. Pre-registration required. Ends 4 May 2015.
The New York Council for the Humanities and The Friends of Cedarmere, Inc. present a symposium series devoted to the various aspects of the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Facilitator: Professor M. Cristina Zaccarini, PhD, Adelphi University
Moderator: Paul Baserman, The Friends of Cedarmere, Inc.
The series comprises 6 sessions and will be held on Mondays from 7-8.30pm, at Cedarmere, 225 Bryant Ave., Roslyn Harbor NY.
Monday April 6, 2015
Session 3: Choosing Sides
The individual loyalties of Northerners and Southerners revealed the cultural disparities between those faithful to the Union and those faithful to the Confederacy. While both cultures valued freedom, each defined it in contradictory ways.
Monday April 20, 2015
Session 4: Making Sense of Shiloh
The crucial battle of Shiloh, April 1862, destroyed any illusions that the war could be won easily. Shiloh offers as an example of how different eye-witnesses and historical accounts of this battle present readers with unique and divergent points of view of this major struggle between Union and Confederate forces.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Session 5: The Shape of War
Drew Gilpin Faust in her Republic of Suffering notes that “Civil War fatalities belonged ultimately to the survivors; it was they who had to undertake the work not just of burial but also of consolation and mourning”; and this would be, as one soldier described it, ‘more trying than to face the battle’s rage.’”
Monday, May 4, 2015
Session 6: War and Freedom
The vision of freedom for African Americans was given varied interpretation by those participating in the events and outcome of the conflict.
While President Abraham Lincoln initially had doubts that blacks and whites could live together in harmony, Frederick Douglass and other black leaders linked African American Civil War participation with the potential for full equality and rights of citizenship.