What makes a person a hero? Join us for special family-friendly activities at each of our three sites to explore heroes of the Civil War era – both famous and lesser-known. What can we learn from these courageous people, and how do we choose to remember them?
What do Dadaab, Kenya and Zatari, Jordan have in common with the U.S. Civil War? Present-day refugee camps share important similarities with Civil War contraband camps. Discover how men, women, and children who fled from slavery to contraband camps influenced emancipation, the progress of the war, and the redefinition of U.S. citizenship.
Featuring: Chandra Manning, Ph.D., Georgetown University.
Dr. Manning's most recent book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, about Civil War contraband camps, has won the Museum’s 2016 Jefferson Davis Award.
Not everyone in the United States or Confederacy agreed with the War, and many people chose to actively oppose it. How did anti-war Democrats (known as “Copperheads”) in the Union voice their objections to the actions of Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party? How did pro-Union southerners demonstrate their commitment while living in the Confederacy?
Jennifer L. Weber, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Anti-war Democrats, known as "Copperheads," objected to virtually everything Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans did to wage the Civil War, beginning with the very act of waging war against the Confederacy. Join Jennifer Weber, Ph.D., to discover how these "peace men" (as they called themselves) posed a serious threat to the Union's ability to raise troops and nearly took over their own Democratic party.
Robert C. Kenzer, Ph.D., University of Richmond
Historians are increasingly focusing on what previously was one of the most under examined aspects of the Civil War, the many southerners who supported the Union cause throughout the conflict. Southern Unionists were very diverse, but what they held in common was a commitment just as strong as that of their pro-Confederate neighbors.
Throughout the country’s history, the United States government has had a complicated (and often violent) relationship with tribal nations.
Ari Kelman, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Ari Kelman will explore connections between the United States Civil War and military campaign against Native American peoples, focusing on the case of the Dakota War. That conflict culminated in the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors on December 26, 1862, the largest public execution in the nation's history, as President Lincoln prepared for the Emancipation Proclamation to go into effect.
Keith Richotte, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
This talk will describe tribal sovereignty and the relationship between the federal government and tribal nations before, during, and after the Civil War.