When: Sat., April 18, 10 a.m. 2015
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and Charleston is hosting events around town to celebrate and to discuss the war’s final days, as well as the lasting effects the national conflict has on the city and country today. This panel, hosted by the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantc World (CLAW), will feature renowned authors speaking on various topics, falling either under the category “The Civil War’s Impact on American History” or “Public Memories of the Civil War.” The first panel begins at 10 a.m. with thoughts from Pulitzer prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of American Legal History at the Harvard School of Law. Gordon-Reed’s Pulitzer-winning book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, tells the story of the Hemingses (i.e. Sally Hemings) and the family’s origins in Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia, to its dispersal after his death. Emory Thomas, professor of History at the University of Georgia, and author of such books as The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience and The Confederate Nation, 1861-1865, will also speak on the topic of “A Later Encounter with the Enemy: The Confederate Experience at 150.” The second session will see USC Fresno professors Blain Roberts and Ethan Kytle speaking about what the Calhoun and Vesey monuments tell us about Civil War memory. There will be an interfaith service on Sunday dedicated to the remembrance of all who died in the Civil War.