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The People’s Contest: War and Reconstruction in Northeast Missouri
March 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This course examines the divisive, violent, and intensely local nature of the end of the Civil War and the Reconstruction process in Northeast Missouri. A deeply politically divided border area that during the war was characterized not by organized armies fighting head to head battles but by guerilla war, bushwhackers, and bitter animosity between neighbors. Northeast Missouri would see those hostilities carry over into the years of Reconstruction and the difficult process of achieving some measure of unity as the region sought to rebuild economically and politically. We will examine the nature of the war in NEMO in order to understand the challenges of Reconstruction to come. In the process, we will come to understand how the label “People’s Contest,” as Lincoln termed the war, is truly apt for the chaotic and fascinating area of Northeast Missouri during the period.
Lecturer: Dr. Scott Giltner, Associate Professor of History and Director of Experiential Learning at Culver-Stockton College. Dr. Giltner is an environmental and sport historian interested in the intersection of race and subsistence, particularly in post-emancipation societies. He is also the author of Hunting and Fishing in the New South: Black Labor and White Leisure after the Civil War.
POLIS is an opportunity for lifelong learning for seniors, 55+ years. There are two semesters each year requiring a membership fee of $15 per semester. Choose from 15 or more classes each semester. Classes are $4 each. Classes are casual in lecture format with no tests, plus cookies and coffee at break. Cancellations do occur due to inclement weather. Call the office at 217-228-5594 to hear cancellation messages. Attend a one time only class for free to see if POLIS is for you. Walk in. Sit down and enjoy.
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