Making Sense of the American Civil War

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To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Frederick County Public Libraries and Monocacy National Battlefield will be presenting Making Sense of the American Civil War, a book discussion and lecture series. 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
  • America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries edited by Edward L. Ayers

Selected discussion topics include documenting the war through photography, the Battle of Shiloh, and emancipation.  These discussion topics were chosen to help provide a deeper understanding of our region’s Civil War history.

Registration for the book discussions, lecture series, and related events are currently open. The full list of programs and events offered can be found on our Making Sense of the American Civil War programs and events page. Registration is not required for all of the events, however, we do have a limited number of the above listed titles available for participants to borrow for the length of the discussion series. Please contact the Urbana Regional Library at (301)600-7004 to request copies of the books.

A variety of related programs are being offered at Frederick County Public Libraries and around Frederick County in conjunction with the book discussion and lecture series. The first related event is a talk on Researching Maryland’s Civil War: A Beginner’s Guide on Saturday, February 8th, at 10:30am in the Maryland Room at the C. Burr Artz Library in downtown Frederick. On Saturday, February 22nd, Mary Mannix will be presenting Finding Your Civil War Ancestor, an introduction to researching mid-19th century genealogy with a special emphasis on how to locate ancestors who served in the Civil War.

For more information about the Making Sense of the American Civil War program series please visit our Civil War Discussion Series programs and events page. We would like to thank the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, and the Maryland Humanities Council for their support.

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