Making Sense of the American Civil War: A Reading and Discussion Series

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Making Sense of the American Civil War is a free program, in partnership with the Worcester Public Library, that provides the chance for the public to discuss and explore the complex and multi-layered issues surrounding a pivotal moment in American history.  This four part series focuses on three literary works about the Civil War: March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson and the anthology America’s War edited by Edward L. Ayers.

Discussions will be led by Dr. John Anderson, Associate Professor of History Emeritus of the College of the Holy Cross, and will touch on the impact the Civil War had upon the nation and will highlight Worcester connections through individual actions, regimental achievements and hometown support.