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America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War

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America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War

Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the Confederacy, either overtly or covertly, during the Civil War? This presentation examines the cultural conflict that erupted between New England poets and intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of tensions arising out of the Civil War.

Scholars have long debated the question of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s relationship to the abolition movement and the degree of his commitment to the antislavery cause. Some early commentators depicted Emerson as an active social reformer, while others have seen him as a contemplative dreamer, serenely aloof from frenetic reform activity.

Prof. Gougeon is a Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, where he teaches American literature. He is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero.

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  • michael

    I enjoyed the lecture and was surprised by many interesting facts about the Civil War, New England and the relationship with Old England. I look forward to the next historical themed session.

    January 28, 2013

  • michael

    I thought that the lecture was good and informative. I learned many things that surprised me. I am look forward to attending other historical themed events like this one.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lecture was so monotonous I fell asleep. Ended up leaving early, apparently just before an interesting Q & A session with the speaker. Thanks, anyway, Eric.

    January 19, 2013

  • Odette I.

    Darlings, it was a pleasure! As usual :-D

    January 19, 2013

  • Liz

    Great idea for a Meetup! I learned something new and had a good time. thx!!

    January 19, 2013

  • Helle

    Excellent history lessons, nice to be in that environment

    January 19, 2013

  • Katy

    I'm glad I went.

    January 19, 2013

  • Todd

    Wonderful! I loved the lecture; it was very refreshing to hear little-known facts about the Civil War, namely British intellectuals' support of the Confederacy and/or slavery. The question-and-answer period and the social time at Mass. Ave. Tavern complemented the lecture beautifully, as far as intellectual stimulation and common interests were concerned. I look forward to more events like these.

    January 19, 2013

  • Norma

    Thank you for organizing this event. The lecture was enlightening and I met nice people and discovered a nice tavern.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry that I was unable to attend. I was at work until 1 o'clock.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you! It was very interesting...in talking to Prof. Gougeon after the lecture, I discovered a pathway for something I wanted to look into but couldn't find a path.

    January 19, 2013

  • Maria

    This is a free lecture. You don't have to pay to attend, but you can certainly donate (when you register or in person) to the MHS if you choose to, I'm sure they'd appreciate it!!

    January 17, 2013

  • Eric

    Please make a note on your RSVP that you registered with MHS

    January 2, 2013

    • Jane

      Hi Sue: Thank you for the information! I just registered at MHS.

      January 13, 2013

    • Eric

      Thank you all. I avoid reading the comments to keep my blood pressure in check so I appreciate you helping each other negotiate this labyrinth of reading and clicking on links.

      1 · January 14, 2013

  • Amy

    I'm registered with MHS.

    January 13, 2013

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