Civil War Lives Conference

Keith Harris at “Cosmic America” attended and has posted a description of the Civil War Conference, “Civil War Lives” at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Ca. The atmosphere and the speakers sound strikingly similar to the Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium I attended a couple of weeks ago at UMass that featured Eric Foner, David Blight, Manisha Sinha, and Charles Dew, among others. The Huntington conference featured, among others, James McPherson, Joan Waugh, Gary Gallagher, Brooks Simpson, and David Blight. On Brooks Simpson’s blog you can link to the Huntington’s posting of Joan Waugh’s opening remarks, and Gary Gallagher’s talk on Robert E. Lee’s loyalties.


About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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