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May 2021

Book Talk with Mark F. Bielski: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Abraham Lincoln knew if the Union could cut off shipping to and from New Orleans, the largest exporting port in the world, and control the Mississippi River, it would be a mortal blow to the Confederate economy. Discover the story of the leaders and men who fought for control of the largest city in the South, the key to the Mississippi, and the commercial gateway for the Confederacy. Mark F. Bielski is a historian and author and the director at…

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History Happy Hour: Harriet Tubman and the Quest for Freedom

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

She was called “General Tubman” and the “Moses” of her people, yet there is much we do not know about this heroic “conductor” of the Underground Railroad who risked all to rescue others. Join us for an intimate look at the woman who may one day be the face of the $20 bill. With Kelly Hancock, ACWM *Due to unforeseen circumstances, the "La Guerra Civil de las Plumas" program that was originally posted needs to be rescheduled. It will be…

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Book Talk with Alaina Roberts: I’ve Been Here All the While

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Departing from the traditional story of Reconstruction, discover the connections between the debates about Black freedom and Native American citizenship to westward expansion onto Native land. As Black ,white, and Native people constructed ideas of race, belonging, and national identity, this part of the West became, for a short time, the last place where Black people could escape Jim Crow, finding land and exercising political rights, until Oklahoma Statehood in 1907. Alaina E. Roberts is a historian of African American…

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