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Civil War book discussion series coming

Main Street Library to host discussion series on understanding Civil War legacy

Main Street Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series January through March 2012 to mark the Civil War sesquicentennial.

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Newport News, Va. 2011 Nov 29

Main Street Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series January through March 2012 to mark the Civil War sesquicentennial.

The series, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” encourages participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation. Dr. Phillip Hamilton, associate professor of history at Christopher Newport University, will lead the series of book discussions for adults. Hamilton is an expert in Virginia history, United States history from the early republic to the Civil War and American slavery.

Book discussions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, March 1 and March 8, at Main Street Library. They are free and open to the public. Registration is required and begins Dec. 12 online at www.nngov.com/library/custom/onlinereg or by calling Main Street Library at 757-591-4858.

The discussions will focus on the following works:
• “March” by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006)
• “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002)
• “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

These works will be available for Library users to borrow by the registration date of Dec. 12.

The Library received grants to host the series developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support was provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Part of the Newport News Public Library System, Main Street Library is located at 110 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601. Call 757-591-4858 for more information.

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