Remembering the Civil War on its 150th anniversary

Steven Hahn

Remembering the Civil War on its 150th anniversary

Steven HahnTuesday, April 12, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War with the first shots fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina. SMU’s Clements Department of History will observe the date on which the deadliest conflict in the nation’s history began with a Stanton Sharp Lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Steven Hahn.

Hahn will discuss “Why the Civil War Mattered” at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

How might America have looked had there been no Civil War – or if the war had ended differently? Hahn’s lecture will revisit these issues by reminding us of the power of slaveholders and slavery in antebellum America.

“The legacy of the Civil War and its aftermath is still unfolding in this nation. Issues of race remain current and contentious,” says Sherry L. Smith, professor and acting chair of SMU’s Clements Department of History. “Understanding this war – what was at stake and what changed as a result of it – is critical in coming to terms with race in America.”

Hahn is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor in American History at the University of Pennsylvania. His latest book, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South, from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2005), won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Merle Curti Prize in Social History of the Organization of American Historians.

He also is the author of the prize-winning book The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 (Oxford University Press, 1983).

Written by Denise Gee

> Read more about SMU Civil War resources from SMU News
> Learn more about SMU’s Stanton Sharp Lecture Series online

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Calendar Highlights: April 12, 2011

Elizabeth TurnerClements Brown Bag Lecture: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies takes the Brown Bag reins with a guest lecture by University of North Texas Professor Elizabeth Turner (pictured) noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. She will discuss the history behind Texas’ Hall of Negro Life in “The Miraculous Fall Upwards.” The Hall, an exhibition created at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, was an important part in cultivating a black culture and history in North Texas and ultimately establishing an African-American presence within the Southwest as its own complete cultural force. The lecture is free – bring your lunch.

The celebration begins: Get ready for the party to begin this weekend, as SMU’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration kicks off the University’s 5-year Centennial celebration. The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, with a public celebration at the Main Quad, a performance by the Mustang Band and a special fireworks show. The centennial flag will also be raised during this performance, and there will be refreshments for all attendees on the quad. The party is only the first part of a weekend-long celebration, which will include the annual Relay for Life (5:30 p.m.-5:30 am, starting Friday on the Boulevard) and the University Park egg hunt from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Goar Park. A complete list of the events is online at the SMU 100 website. For more information, call 214-768-1384. Happy birthday, SMU!

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