2010 Virginia Sesquicentennial Signature Conference

The 2010 conference was held at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, with the theme, “Race, Slavery, and the Civil War:  The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.”  There were three sessions and you can see them here:

Session One:

“Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After the presentations, which included illustrations, the panelists responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. Professor Horton moderated.

“Spencer Crew talked about ‘The Role of the Underground Railroad as a Cause of the Civil War;’ Bruce Levine talked about ‘The Myth of Black Confederates;’ Edna Medford talked about ‘The Quest for Black Rights in the Midst of War;’ Ira Berlin talked about ‘African American Soldiers and the Struggle for Equality;’ and Cassandra Newby-Alexander talked about ‘Waterways to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Hampton Roads.’

” ‘Race, Slavery and the Civil War’ was the morning session of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Civil War Commission 2010 Signature Conference ‘Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.’ The second of seven annual conferences, it was held at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center of Norfolk State University.”

http://www.c-span.org/video/?296217-1/race-slavery-civil-war

Session Two:

“Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. Several showed pictures during their presentations. After the presentations were given, Professor Horton chaired a panel discussion.

“James McPherson talked about ‘Slavery, Freedom, and the Union Navy;’ David Blight talked about ‘John Washington: How, When, Where and Why Emancipation Happened;’ Dwight Pitcaithley talked about ‘Addressing the Causes of the Civil War in Public History;’ Harold Holzer talked about ‘The Image of the Emancipation Proclamation in Art and Memory;’ and Jean Fagan Yellin talked about ‘Harriet Jacobs in the Refugee Camps.’

” ‘The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory’ was the afternoon session of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Civil War Commission 2010 Signature Conference ‘Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.’ The second of seven annual conferences, it was held at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center of Norfolk State University.”

http://www.c-span.org/video/?296217-2/tough-stuff-american-history-memory

Session Three:

“Historians who had been on the afternoon panel discussion of the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. Then closing remarks of the conference were given.

“ ‘The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory’ was the afternoon panel of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Civil War Commission 2010 Signature Conference ‘Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.’ The second of seven annual conferences, it was held at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center of Norfolk State University.”

http://www.c-span.org/video/?296217-3/virginia-sesquicentennial-american-civil-war-final-session

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