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Civil War is topic of library series

Thursday, September 4, 2014

MILFORD – Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar-led series (part lecture, part discussion) at the Wadleigh Library that explores the Civil War as well as the economic and political culture of mid-19th century America from a variety of perspectives.

Discussion will include eyewitness accounts by soldiers and military leaders, speeches by key decision makers, interpretive commentary by historians, and literary renderings of life on the “home front.” The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Denise Askin, Professor Emerita of St. Anselm College.

Attendees will read the novel “March” by Geraldine Brooks, “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson, and selected readings from “America’s War” edited by Edward Ayers.

The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 and will continue at the same time on Oct. 8, 15, and 29. In addition to the discussions, there will be two film viewings: Friday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. to view the film “Glory” and Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. to view the film “Lincoln.”

This program is free and open to the public. It is not necessary to attend all the meetings but registration is required in order to assure distribution of materials. To register, call the library at 249-0645, or email refdesk@, or sign up on the online library calendar at Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

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