Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Daniel Greene, The Newberry Library

The Civil War occupies a prominent place in our national collective memory. The war is often portrayed a battle over the future of slavery, often focusing on Lincoln’s determination to save the Union, or highlighting the brutality of brother fighting against brother. Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg conjure up images of desolate landscapes strewn with war dead. Yet the frontlines were not the only landscapes of the war. Countless civilians saw their daily lives upended by the war. This course will explore the connections between Civil War home fronts and battle fronts, revealing how those who were far removed from the battlefields felt the war’s impact every day. The Newberry, in cooperation with the Terra Foundation of American Art, has mounted a new exhibition on the Civil War home front. Together, we will tour the exhibition and discuss readings from a new collection of essays that accompanies it.

Cost and registration information: 

Registration opens September 4, 2013.

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe Ross at wolfec@newberry.org

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