Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Civil War Series Begins at Library Thursday

     “Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a book discussion marking the 150th anniversary of America’s struggle against itself, begins Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Katherine Aiken, Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and professor of history at the University of Idaho, will lead the first discussion, “ Imagining War,” focusing primarily on “March,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel by Geraldine Brooks. Aiken is also chair of the Idaho Humanities Council, sponsor of the free five-part series with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
All discussions in the series are open to the public regardless of whether participants have read the books.
All discussions will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and include: Nov. 15, “Choosing Sides,” Robert Singletary, regional historian; Nov. 29, “Making Sense of Shiloh,” Singletary; Dec. 13, “The Shape of War,” James Jewell, North Idaho College professor; and Dec. 20: “War & Freedom,” Aiken.
Additional Readings in the series include:
¢  “America’s War,” edited by historian Edward L. Ayers, is mostly a collection of writings by people who had to decide for themselves before and during the war where justice, honor, duty, and loyalty lay, including selections written by Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and many others.
¢  “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam,” by historian James McPherson, explores the battle in the fall of 1862 that changed the course of the Civil War.

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