Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War
A hundred and fifty years after the defining war in our nation's history, we are still discovering its meanings.
-Edward L. Ayers from Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the America Civil War - Essay
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The Garfield County Public Library District is one of 150 libraries nationwide that will be hosting this 5-part reading and discussion series. Discover this pivotal period of American history with your community. This series was developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support provided by the Colorado Humanities Council. The discussions were first held at the Silt Branch Library in the Fall of 2012 and are now back at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library in the Spring of 2013.
Discussions will be held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. between March 6th and April 10th (with no discussion on March 27th). Sarah Swedberg, Ph.D, Associate Professor of American History at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, will provide background lectures and will lead the conversations on selected readings.
Click here to register online or by calling the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at (970)945-5958.
Schedule of Meetings and Readings:
Imagining War March 6th: "March" by Geraldine Brooks and "America's War" anthology (Part One)
Choosing Sides March 13th: "America's War" anthology (Part Two)
Making Sense of Shiloh March 20th: "America's War" anthology (Part Three)
The Shape of War April 3rd: "Crossroads of Freedom" by James McPherson and "America's War" anthology (Part Four)
War and Freedom April 10th: "America's War" anthology (Part Five)
Additional Recommended Reading:
- Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
- The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
- Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
- This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
- The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History edited by Gary W. Gallagher
- Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War by Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber