LEADER: Robert Nolan is an attorney who has a history degree from the University of Scranton, where he is on the adjunct faculty, and a law degree from Harvard. He has previously presented an Evergreen Forum course on America’s Revolutionary War.
THURSDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 8 weeks: February 28 through April 18
LOCATION: The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
Slavery led to rebellion; rebellion brought civil war. Through that Civil War Americans eradicated their former union and recreated our nation. Yet Walt Whitman characterized the War as “seething hell,” diarist Mary Chestnut lamented “the remnant of heart left alive… (is) filled with brotherly hate,” and General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain exclaimed that both armies should join in “praying God to…forgive us all!” Along with the War’s military, political, and economic dimensions, we shall examine its revolutionary character and its presence within those who lived through it, those who died within it, and those freed by it.