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The Civil War and Reconstruction in the Heart of America

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ClassGraphic This is the second part of a year-long study group on the Civil War and Reconstruction as seen through the eyes of two border communities. We will read Edward Ayers’ new book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America (W.W. Norton, 2017), which won the prestigious Lincoln prize – given for the finest scholarly work on Abraham Lincoln or the American Civil War era - along with other materials provided by the coordinators. Ayers is a social historian who believes in what he calls “deep contingency.” He attempts to see the war from the ground level through the eyes of participants 200 miles from each other in communities in Pennsylvania and Virginia who are processing information in real time with limited context and knowledge of larger events. The book reads like a novel and “restores the drama of the unexpected to the history of the civil war.” Attendance in the fall semester is not required for enrollment in the spring semester. 

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Willie Shaw2.Peg Romm3.John Drodow4.Jerry Bernstein 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/5/2019 - 6/4/2019 Weekly - Tue 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Jerry Bernstein  ; John Drodow  ; Peg Romm  ; Willie Shaw  ClassRoom