Civil War Discussion Series

Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series
America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology edited by Edward L. Ayers
America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology edited by Edward L. Ayers

To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Frederick County Public Libraries and Monocacy National Battlefield present “Making Sense of the American Civil War.” This program includes readings and discussions that focus on different perspectives of the Civil War and the varying experiences of individuals from different genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Each session will focus on a different aspect of the American Civil War experience, using sections from 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, an anthology edited by Edward L. Ayers.

This series is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the National Park Service.

Copies of each book will be available for a limited number of participants to borrow for the length of the series - contact the library at 301-600-7004 if you need copies of the books. Events are free and do not require registration.

Upcoming Events

Civil War Crafts - 150th Anniversary of Ransom of Middletown

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
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Join Middletown Library on Main Street to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Ransom, make a Union Flag, learn about Nancy Crouse and get a “Flat Civil War Soldier” to color and take pictures with when visiting Civil War sites. (Ages 6and up)

Civil War Life - 150th Anniversary of Ransom of Middletown

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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What was a child's life like during the Civil War? What did a Civil War infantry soldier wear and carry into war? Learn how the common soldier was equipped, what personal belongings he carried and what types of food he ate. What kinds of games did children play and what was fun for kids at that time? Join Donna Croft and Ralph Powell in Middletown at the Lamar House as Middletown commemorates the 150th anniversary of Jubal Early’s Ransom of Middletown. (Ages 6 and up)

Emancipation in Maryland

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:45pm
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As part of a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, the National Park Service will sponsor a speaker program focused on Maryland Emancipation and how it unfolded within the social and political context of Civil War. The program is scheduled for the afternoon of July 13 as the capstone of a weekend of National Park Service events related to slavery and emancipation in Maryland.