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Barbara Bellows (Two Charlestonians at War), John Bicknell (Lincoln’s Pathfinder), and Cate Lineberry (Be Free or Die) discuss their recent books, histories from the Civil War era that provide new and valued insights into the counterpoint of two soldiers from Charleston, resounding impacts of political campaigns, and Robert Smalls’ triumphant choice to free himself and his family from slavery.
Why should you attend?
“Tracing the intersecting lives of a Confederate plantation owner and a free black Union soldier, Barbara L. Bellows’ Two Charlestonians at War offers a poignant allegory of the fraught, interdependent relationship between wartime enemies in the Civil War South. Through the eyes of these very different soldiers, Bellows brings a remarkable, new perspective to the oft-told saga of the Civil War.” —LSU Press
“Mr. Bicknell, a former editor at Congressional Quarterly and the author of America 1844 (2014), tells the election story skillfully. . . But Lincoln’s Pathfinder is about more than the making of the president, 1856.” —Wall Street Journal
“A stunning tale of a little-known figure in history. Robert Smalls’ astounding heroism during the Civil War helped convince Lincoln and the country that African Americans were extraordinarily capable of fighting for their freedom. Lineberry has produced a triumph in this heroic story that illuminates our country’s ongoing struggles with race.” ―Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Professor in American History Harvard University and Executive Producer of Finding Your Roots