Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Upcoming events

April 21-23, 2022. The Great Strike: Slavery During the American Civil War. The center will sponsor an academic conference exploring the history of slavery and enslaved people during the war years. For full information, check out the conference page here. Most sessions are only open to presenters and registered participants, but the two keynote lectures are free and open to the public:

  • Dr. Crystal Feimster (Yale University), “Truth Be Told: The Battle for Black Freedom in Civil War Louisiana.” Thursday April 21, 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Solitude room, Inn at Virginia Tech.
  • Dr. Jaime Martinez (University of North Carolina – Pembroke), “Negotiating Slavery’s ‘Volunteer State’ to Avoid Confederate Military Labor.” Friday April 22, 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Solitude room, Inn at Virginia Tech.

Tues April 26, 2022, 7:00 – 8:15 PM ET. “Love and Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss.” A free online lecture and discussion with Dr. Angela Elder about her new book. The Confederacy championed a particular version of white widowhood–the young wife who selflessly transferred her monogamous love from her dead husband to the deathless cause for which he had fought. But a closer look reveals that these women spent their new cultural capital carefully, and with great variety. Death forced all Confederate widows to reconstruct their lives, but only some would choose to play a role in reconstructing the nation. The event is free but you must preregister with zoom.

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