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Learn more about the Spring 2012 UMass Lowell Discussion series.

Let's Talk About It

The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) present Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a scholar-led reading and discussion program for public audiences.

The program is part of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War.  Participants will probe meanings of the Civil War that are “hidden in plain sight” behind the key questions and main characters so familiar to us. Program participants may be surprised to encounter in the readings such a large cast of characters, so broad a range of perspectives, and so dense a web of circumstances. After considering the vast sweep and profound breadth of Civil War experience, readers will understand that the American Civil War was not a single thing, or a simple thing. And yet they will also see emancipation—the end of the most powerful system of slavery in the modern world—take its place as the central story of the war.

Adapted from the ALA website description.

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This series is free and open to the public

Please contact your local public library for information on how to borrow copies of the books in this series.

New and used copies of these titles are available for purchase through your local bookstore and through online book sellers.