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African-Americans: The Civil War and Aftermath

with Paul Mullin


The role and status of Americans of African descent have been major aspects of the culture and politics of the United States since the nation’s inception. It was THE major issue in the conflict that led to the American Civil War. The war resolved some issues related to slavery, but left most issues related to the role and status of African Americans unresolved, creating the cultural and political structures that continue to define much of American society and politics. This course offers a series of presentations on topics that are intended to broaden our understanding of historical events in this pivotal period in our history. These are recorded presentations originally presented by Midcoast Senior College. Presentations address topics ranging from Afro-American resistance to slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, post-Reconstruction “Jim Crow” practices, and the struggle for civil rights during the 20th century.

December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

Gardner Shaw is a former high school history teacher, professor of political science, consultant to government and industrial organizations, and taxi driver. He is an active member of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Civil War Round Table.

Patrick Rael (Ph.D. American History, University of California, Berkeley, 1995) is Professor of History at Bowdoin College. He is the author of several works exploring the role African Americans played in the long struggle against slavery.

Noma Petroff is an independent scholar, winner of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Civil War Round Table's Warren Randall award, and a member of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. She served for several years as Department Coordinator for the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin College. Her current work is: Understanding Ulysses S. Grant: Character, Context and Stories, which includes an examination of Grant's work with African American troops during the Civil War.

Ashley Towle is a lecturer in the History Department at the University of Southern Maine. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland where she worked as a graduate assistant at the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. Her scholarship focuses on the experience of African Americans in the South during the transition from slavery to freedom. She is currently at work on a book that examines African-American mortuary culture in the Reconstruction South.

Chris Myers Asch teaches history at Colby College and runs the Capital Area New Mainers Project in Augusta. He is the author most recently of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital.

  • Dec 1 - 29th, 2021
    Wed for 5 weeks from 10:00 - 11:30 am

    Will run

Online Class

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