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                                                Civil War 150
                                  June 17th, 2013 - July 8th, 2013

"Who would be free themselves must strike the blow....I urge you to fly to arms and smite to death the power that would bury the Government and your liberty in the same hopeless grave. This is your golden opportunity." -FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Civil War 150 is a national program designed to encourage public exploration of the impact and contested meanings of the American Civil War. This traveling exhibition is presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Library of America, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Why The Civil War Still Matters
Opening Reception for Civil War 150

Tim Moran, Wayne State University
Jim Perkins, Musician
Tuesday, June 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

The Wayne Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of a traveling exhibition, Civil War 150, with a musical program of Irish Civil War music and African American spirituals followed by a discussion with Tim Moran on "Why the Civil War Still Matters."


Capitalism and the Civil War

John Moore, Walsh College
Thursday, June 20 @ 6:30 p.m.

Slavery and capitalism were deeply entangled with one another as the United States grew into an economic power in the first half of the nineteenth century. To better understand these entanglements please join John Moore as he discusses Civil War America and the making of an economic power.


102nd United States Colored Troops Company B

Saturday, June 22 @ 1 p.m.

The 102 Regiment, also known as the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry, was an African American unit from Michigan which joined the Union Army to fight in the American Civil War. Come and learn about their history of service and valor in the fight to end slavery in America.


Lest We Forget: Black Civil War Soldiers & Sailors

Jeff O'Den, Independent Documentary Filmmaker
Wednesday, June 26 @ 6:30 pm

Join us for a 55 minute documentary detailing the experience of African American soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. The film's director, Jeff O'Den, will lead a post-viewing discussion.


Civil War Battlefield Medicine

Gerald Turlo, Wayne State University
Saturday, June 29 @ 1 p.m.

The practice of battlefield medicine during the Civil War was arduous. Medical knowledge was limited and the lack of sanitation resulted in rampant disease. Despite these terrible conditions, surgeons and nurses did their best to provide adequate medical care. Join us and learn from Gerald Turlo, MD, Wayne State University, about the practice of battlefield medicine in the 1860s.


Civil War Soldier - Voting Laws: Shifting the Boundaries of Political Citizenship

David Collins, Wayne State University
Tuesday, July 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

This program describes a boundary-shift that occurred during the Civil War, when seventeen Northern states enacted laws permitting soldiers to vote away from home. It was America's first experience with absentee voting, and directly impacted President Lincoln's reelection in 1864 and the winning of the war.


Visit the online version of the exhibit at The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Also be sure to check out a list of suggested reading and web links on the Civil War.

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