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The Past is Never Dead: The Bitter Legacy of the Civil War

Event Type: History/Genealogy (900)
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors, Teens
Date: 11/14/2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Description:
 William Faulkner, the Nobel prize-winning novelist, once wrote that “the past is never dead; it isn’t even past”. Those words seem especially true about the cataclysmic event that occurred in the United States a century and a half ago, the Civil War. Although the war brought about the end of chattel slavery, and freed four million people from bondage, it did not bring about healing of racial and sectional division that had plagued the country from its beginning, and continue to plague us today. Thus it is critically important that we look back at the aftermath of that war, for, as the historical Barbara Fields assert in Ken Burns’ PBS series, “the civil war is still being fought”. This illustrated talk will help draw the connections between today’s headlines and the heavy hand of the past.
Library: Rehoboth Public Library    Map
Location: Upstairs Meeting Room
Status: Closed


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