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From before the first shot to after the last, the U.S. Civil War captivates many who are interested in not only studying its battles and leaders, but also grappling with the difficult questions raised by its events and consequences. The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia brings together a wide variety of people united by a joint love of history. We study all aspects of the War – military, political, diplomatic, economic, and socio-cultural – and the impact on our nation. The speaker presentations at our meetings and our visits to battlefields and historic sites (both in and outside the DC Metro region) add to our knowledge and understanding of this conflict. Audio recordings of previous presentations are available at https://soundcloud.com/cwrtdc

Our Round Table is also committed to preserving our Civil War historic sites and battlefields by taking an active role in ensuring these landmarks are available for future generations to appreciate and learn from. We support this aspect of our mission in part through the presentation of our annual "Edwin C. Bearss Award" to an historic site or preservation organization. In recent years, we have made donations in support of the American Battlefield Trust (aka the Civil War Trust), the Richmond Battlefield Association, Friends of Chickamauga, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the Longstreet Society, Friends of Franklin , the Land Conservancy of Adams County (PA), and the Gettysburg Foundation.

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Susan O'Donovan speaks about CW Black Perspectives on Democracy - 6/11/2019

CWRTDC'S NEXT MEETING: SUSAN EVA O'DONOVAN will speak about "Black Perspectives on Democracy During the Civil War and Reconstruction" Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Patton Hall Officers' Club, 214 Jackson Avenue, Ft. Myer, VA 22211 6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar) 6:45 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture) 8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only) Reservations Due By June 3, 5pm ET (cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for the dinners regardless of the actual attendance) TO MAKE AND PAY FOR RESERVATIONS OR VISIT http://cwrtdc-meetings.blogspot.com/ ALL ARE WELCOME! About the Topic: Susan Eva O’Donovan will speak about her current project, "Heard it Through the Grapevine: Slave Mobility, Information, and Power in Antebellum America," which finds its origins in wartime emancipation and her curiosity about the source of black people’s understandings about, among other things, the nation, citizenship, democracy. She explains that the project picks up on the discoveries in her earlier work, Becoming Free in the Cotton South (Harvard University Press, 2007), by examining and understanding black women and men's political lives in the age of secession. Dr. O'Donovan says, "It is research that reveals the tensions that lay at the heart of a capitalist system that depended heavily on slaves. Most of all, it is research that asks of the past questions still with us today: about the impacts of new technologies of knowledge, and how politics happen." The project starts with the eight black men who materialized on the steps of Florida's Fort Pickens on March 1861, asking the Union commander there for their freedom. He denies their request, of course, and in fact returns them to their owners. Dr. O’Donovan uses that scene to raise a series of questions about what slaves knew, how/when they came to know it, and what they did with that hard-won social and political knowledge. About the Speaker: Dr. O’Donovan received her undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include African American history up to 1900, gender and labor, Civil War, emancipation, Reconstruction, and 19th-century U.S. history more generally. Dr. O’Donovan offers instruction in Atlantic slavery and freedom from the early colonial period through 1900, historiography, and historical methods, and she directs a graduate seminar on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Students in all her courses and at every level practice historical thinking and argumentative writing, the cornerstone skills of both discipline and democracy. Dr. O'Donovan's interests led her initially to the "Freedmen and Southern Society Project," at the University of Maryland, where she co-edited two major volumes, and developed the interpretive core of her first book, Becoming Free in the Cotton South, which was awarded the Organization of American History's James A. Rawley Prize in 2008 for the best book in the history of race. In addition to reading, researching, and writing, Dr. O’Donovan, among other things: (1) co-directs the "Memphis Massacre Project," the first-ever public commemoration of any aspect of Reconstruction; (2) serves as one of the lead investigators for the British-based “After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas” project; (3) contributes to and advocates for National History Day; and (4) co-edits “American Nineteenth Century History,” the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians. Sources: https://www.memphis.edu/history/faculty/faculty/susan-odonovan.php https://www.memphis.edu/history/faculty/faculty/odonovan_curriculum_vitae.pdf ____________________________________________ For information about the Round Table and to apply for membership, visit www.cwrtdc.org

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