We will analyze the motives that led Southern states to secede from the United States in 1860-61, and the decision of President Abraham Lincoln to use military force to assert U.S. government sovereignty. Arguments by Southern secessionists and unionists will be considered, as well as the evolution of opinion in the North regarding the use of force.
1 – 5 pm
10 am – Noon
Indigenous people routinely observed celestial phenomena as an integral part of daily life, then placed and interpreted what they saw in a context of spiritual and religious meaning. We will survey the rich astronomy-related content found in indigenous North American narrative verbal arts of the post-contact period.
1 – 3 pm
Millions of Americans identify themselves as having Italian ancestry. If you want to learn how to access Italian documents for genealogical research, this seminar will show you how to go in-depth.
6 – 7:30 pm
Some stories have the power to reveal the essence of an historical moment, teaching us about our past and our present. We will explore antebellum slavery through the lens of one story, that of Celia, a young Missouri slave woman who killed her owner in 1855.