Virginia Civil War 150
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"Race, Slavery, and the Civil War:
The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory"

Dr. James O. Horton, Conference Chair
Norfolk State University
L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
Friday, September 24, 2010

7:15 a.m. Shuttle service begins from Harbor Park Baseball Stadium

Doors open in Wilder Performing Arts Center
Registration check-in
On-campus meal tickets available for purchase
Bookstore and information tables open

8:30 Greetings, Welcome Remarks
9:00 Opening Remarks by James O. Horton
"The Great American Contradiction"

Session I - "Race, Slavery, and the Civil War"

  • Spencer Crew - The Role of the Underground Railroad as a Cause of the Civil War
  • Cassandra Newby-Alexander - Waterways to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Hampton Roads
  • Edna Greene Medford - The Quest for Black Rights in the Midst of War
  • Ira Berlin - African American Soldiers and the Struggle for Equality
  • Bruce Levine - The Myth of Black Confederates
10:45 Break - submit questions for Q and A
11:15 Question and Answer with Session I panelists
11:45 - 1:20 p.m.

Lunch break, with optional activities:

Facilitated Feedback Discussion Session
Local Sesquicentennial Committee Roundtable
Harrison B. Wilson Archives Gallery Exhibit

1:30 Afternoon Remarks by Dr. Horton
"The Unfinished Civil War"

Session II: "The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory"

  • James McPherson - Slavery, Freedom, and the Union Navy
  • David Blight - John Washington; How, When, Where and Why Emancipation Happened
  • Harold Holzer - The Image of the Emancipation Proclamation in Art and Memory
  • Jean Fagan Yellin - Harriet Jacobs in the Refugee Camps
  • Dwight Pitcaithley - Addressing the Causes of the Civil War in Public History
3:15 Break - submit questions for Q and A
3:45 Question and Answer with Session II panelists
4:15 Wrap-up and conclusion
4:30 - 5:30 Book signing with presenters - Wilder Performing Arts Center


Sponsored by a generous grant from Dominion Resources
and other partners

The Dominion Foundation

Verizon Foundation History Channel Virginia Foundation for the Humanities



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