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Civil War Reading and Discussion Series

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“Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” is a reading and discussion series made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The discussion sessions will be held on Feb. 27th, March 19th, and April 2nd, 16th and 30th Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Barrett Room at Spartanburg County Libraries Headquarters Building. These are all Monday nights.

Advance sign-up is required, and space is limited. Contact Steve Smith by e-mail at or by phone at (864) 596-3500 ext. 1256 for more information.

Dr. Andrew Myers, associate professor of history at USC Upstate, will serve as our project scholar, and will moderate the discussions on the readings at each session. Reading selections include:

“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 speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

Books will be available for participants’ use without cost.

Steve Smith

Coordinator, Local History Services and Collections

Spartanburg County Public Libraries
151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864)596-3500 ext. 1256
Fax: (864)596-3518

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