Events and workshops

 

Killing John Brown, Killing Lincoln: Secrets of the Assassination

4th Annual Rolland Lecture

Presented by Dr. David S. Reynolds

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne

Brownbag lunch at noon, Meeting Room A

Lecture at 7 pm, ACPL Theater

Free and open to the public

Dr. David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York He is the author or editor of fifteen books centered around American literature, cultural studies, biography, popular culture, and the American Renaissance.  His work contextualizes historical figures and themes within their cultural settings, as in his Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography and Mightier than the Sword: 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and the Battle for America.

Sponsored by the Lupke Foundation.


cultural studies, transnationalism, gender studies, historicist scholarship, biography, popular culture, the American Renaissance. - See more at: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/English/Faculty-by-Field/David-S-Reynolds#sthash.Jm97gkGR.dpuf
cultural studies, transnationalism, gender studies, historicist scholarship, biography, popular culture, the American Renaissance. - See more at: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/English/Faculty-by-Field/David-S-Reynolds#sthash.Jm97gkGR.dpuf

When Freedom Came: Emancipation and the Question of Timing

A Juneteenth Event

Presented by Dr. Edna Greene Medford

Friday, June 19, 2015, 7 pm

Allen County Public Library Theater, Fort Wayne

Free and open to the public

Dr. Medford's talk will address the issue of how we identify the arrival of African American freedom.  As Dr. Medford explains:

Every schoolboy and girl knows that on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation declaring that all enslaved people in the states (or parts thereof) still in rebellion "are and henceforward shall be free." What happened after that is contested ground. We know that enslaved people experienced emancipation at myriad times and in myriad ways. Some were freed immediately; others were not freed until they exercised agency and fled the plantations; the vast majority awaited the arrival of federal military personnel. Even within certain states that had been visited by Union forces, knowledge of the proclamation did not reach all enslaved inhabitants swiftly or in any uniform way. How, then, do we determine the proper date to celebrate African-American freedom? My talk will consider the case for January 1, the date of the Emancipation Proclamation; June 19, or Juneteenth; and December 6, the date the requisite number of states ratified the Thirteenth Amendment.

Dr. Medford teaches courses on African American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and nineteenth-century America at Howard University. She is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on African Americans in the Civil War. Dr. Medford is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Lincoln Forum and a recipient of a 2009 bicentennial edition of the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois for her study of the Lincoln and the Civil War era.

 

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