Q&A with the Foundry Series Speakers | Dr. Mark Summers


Mark Wahlgren Summers is Thomas D. Clark Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He is author of many books, including The Press Gang: Newspapers and Politics, 1865-1878; The Presidency in Political Cartoons, 1776-1976; and A Dangerous Stir: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction. We asked him a few questions ahead of his January 18 Foundry Series lecture

The Thin Light of Freedom - A Dramatization


One valley. Two towns, one Northern the other Southern. Their people had much in common: family ties, religious views, the soil they worked. Only one thing separated them: slavery.

Join us October 26 as we present a dramatization of Ed Ayers' new book, "The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America." Co-written by award-winning historians Abigail Schumann and Sheila Arnold Jones, this presentation highlights the voices of diverse people and their reactions to war, its aftermath, emancipation, and freedom.

Fighting for a New World


By Adrian Brettle
Mellon Fellow

William J. Buchanan, a former United States envoy to Sweden and later a refugee in Confederate Richmond wrote that “The new map of America is as yet a blank… when the topographer shall take up his pencil to trace the outline of a renovated continent, he will mark, clear and strong, boundaries and State lines connected by new interests and determined by new power.”


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