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Years of Anguish Spring 2012: Slavery and Emancipation

Following on our successful Years of Anguish speaker’s forum, FAMCC, NPS, and UMW welcomed Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, John Hennessy, Dr. David Blight, and Dr. Thavolia Glymph as they examined slavery and emancipation on national, state, and local levels.

John Hennessy,
Chief Historian, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

John Hennessy is one of the premier historians on the Battle of Fredericksburg and social and military Civil War history.  He is the author of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign of the Second Battle of Manassas.  In this installment of Years of Anguish, Mr. Hennessy discusses the Army, Emancipation and the Fredericksburg region in 1862.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH JOHN HENNESSY’S LECTURE.

Dr. David Blight
Professor of American History, Yale University
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition

Dr. David Blight is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the US Civil War and its legacy.  Blight is the author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation.  This book combines two newly discovered slave narratives in a volume that recovers the lives of their authors, John Washington, a Fredericksburg slave, and Wallace Turnage, as well as provides an incisive history of the story of emancipation.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH DR. DAVID BLIGHT’S LECTURE.

Dr. Thavolia Glymph
Associate Professor of history and African American Studies
 Duke University

 Thavolia Glymph is an associate professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on slavery, the U.S. South, emancipation, Reconstruction, and African American women’s history. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2008) and a coeditor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Ser. 1, Vols. 1 and 3, 1985 and 1990), a part of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. Her current writing and research focuses on women in the Civil War, and the geography of the plantation household

 CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF DR. THAVOLIA GLYMPH’S LECTURE