Ohioans on Slavery and Emancipation in the Civil War
James M. McPherson
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus, Princeton University
Wednesday 29 October, 7.30 pm, Parrish Auditorium
Ohioans played a more important role in the Civil War than residents of perhaps any other Union state. Three of four principal generals who led the North grew up in Ohio and went to West Point, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton were Ohioans, while Senators Benjamin Wade and John Sherman and Representatives James Ashley and John A. Bingham were important Congressional leaders in the drive for abolition of slavery.
Ohio also furnished prominent opponents of these policies, notably Clement L. Vallandigham, George L. Pendleton, and Samuel S. Cox. The story of these and other Ohioans in military and political actions of the war brings special attention to issues of slavery and its abolition.
- Free public event
- Reception to follow
With Jim Blount, Hamilton Historian; Lester Horwitz and David L. Mowery, independent scholars; G. Michael Pratt, Professor of Anthropology, Miami University; Matthew Smith, Colligan History Project (moderator).
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7.30 pm
Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton
John Hunt Morgan
The Colligan’s new season “Hard Road to Liberty: Ohio and the Civil War got off to a flying start last Tuesday, with Kelli Johnson’s innovative and gripping discussion, The Fight Against Slavery: Lessons From History to a packed-out audience at Miami Hamilton’s Downtown Center! On October 7, the Colligan returns to the Wilks Conference Center for a round-table discussion on the legacy of John Hunt Morgan.
The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail memorializing the route of Confederate General Morgan and his “Raiders” in July of 1863 features markers at 56 sites in Ohio alone, connecting with trails in Indiana and Kentucky. A panel of Civil War experts explores the making of this trail, its sponsors, and how the only Civil War action on Ohio soil is remembered today.
- Free public event. Reception to follow.
- Conferral of a special Jim Blount History Educator Award upon Richard O Jones
Folks: Do you know a person or group who has made a significant contribution to interpreting local history, preserving our historical heritage, or increasing public historical understanding? If so, the Butler County Historical Society invites you to nominate them for the Distinguished Historian Award.
This award will be given at the Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Butler County Historical Society, November 20, 2014 to recognize those who clearly demonstrate either a distinguished pattern of achievement over time or a particular accomplishment of high merit enhancing public understanding of the history of Butler County, Ohio. Previous recipients of “Historian of the Year” are eligible for this award, along with any worthy individuals who have not previously been recognized by an award.
For details on submitting nominations by the deadline at 4 pm on October 14, 2014, see poster below.
Caroline Scott Harrison
Sunday October 5 marks the Second Caroline Scott Harrison Day, celebrating the life of US First Lady and alumna of Oxford Female Institute, Caroline Scott Harrison (1832-1892). Learn about plans for a bronze statue of Caroline on the grounds of OCAC, while enjoying cake and cider and the chance to win great door prizes at this Open House celebration. Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Avenue, Oxford, Ohio, 10/5/2014, 3-5 pm.
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Kelli Lyon Johnson, Miami University Hamilton, English
Tuesday, September 16 @ 7pm
Miami Hamilton Downtown, 221 Robinson-Schwenn Bldg
Hailed as the first human rights movement, the fight for abolition of slavery and the slave trade is an inspiration for freedom struggles today and relevant to the fight to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century. Because slavery and trafficking are now illegal in every country, the continuing battle for human freedom can no longer focus solely on abolition.
This event is presented in cooperation with the Department of Justice and Community Studies and Criminal Justice Week, which this year focuses on the issues of slavery and human trafficking. Kelli has curated an exhibition on display at Miami Hamilton Downtown through September: “If I got a chance to talk to the World”: Stories of Modern Day Slavery. This exhibition presents stories told by survivors of modern-day slavery, showcasing the stories of those often described as “silent” or “invisible.”
- Free public event and exhibition. Reception to follow.
Dear folks: on Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm, Whitney Womack Smith (Miami University Hamilton) will speak on Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her talk explores gender politics in 19th century women’s abolitionist work and in Stowe’s bestselling anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. (Stowe’s connections to Oxford will be revealed!)
Call 523-3035 for more information. This event is at Lane Public Libraries Meeting Room, 15 South College Ave, Oxford, and is co-sponsored by Smith Library of Regional History and Western College Alumnae Association.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe Poster (1)
Ohioan, Union General, Ulysses S. Grant
The Michael J. Colligan History Project proudly announces our new schedule of events, part of the series Hard Road to Liberty: Ohio & the Civil War. This fall sees an exciting line-up, including a panel discussion marking the 150th anniversary of the death of John Hunt Morgan, the “Thunderbolt of the Confederacy,” whose 1863 raid brought the Civil War to southwest Ohio, and live music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, whose “Ashokan Farewell” hauntingly accompanied Ken Burn’s documentary The Civil War (this event is co-sponsored by Miami Regionals Artist Series). And this October we will be honoring renowned Civil War historian James M. McPherson (Battle Cry of Freedom) with the 2014 John E. Dolibois History Prize.
Join us Tuesday September 16 for our opening event of this season, as Kelli Lyon Johnson (Miami University Hamilton) explores the “Fight Against Slavery: Lessons From History.” This event is presented in co-operation with the Department of Justice and Community Studies, and Criminal Justice Week.
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Fall Colligan Schedule