Civil War Talk — Slavery and Emancipation

WHEN: April 21, 2012, 1 – 5 pm

WHERE: Fredericksburg Baptist Church

COST: This event is FREE, registration is not required

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Sara Poore,, John Hennessy,, or Jeffrey McClurken,

Following on the successful Years of Anguish speaker’s forum at Dodd this past November, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers concert last Saturday evening, the Fredericksburg Area Museum, the National Park Service, and UMW welcome Dr. David Blight and Dr. Thavolia Glymph as they examine slavery and emancipation on a national, state, and local level.

Dr. David Blight is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the US Civil War and its legacy.  Blight is the author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation.  This book combines two newly discovered slave narratives in a volume that recovers the lives of their authors, John Washington, a Fredericksburg slave, and Wallace Turnage, as well as provides an incisive history of the story of emancipation.

Dr. Thavolia Glymph is an associate professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on slavery, the U.S. South, emancipation, Reconstruction, and African American women’s history. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2008) and a coeditor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Ser. 1, Vols. 1 and 3, 1985 and 1990), a part of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. Her current writing and research focuses on women in the Civil War, and the geography of the plantation household.


This event is part of the Civil War 150th Observance in the area, cosponsored by UMW, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the National Park Service.