Civil War Round Table
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October Engagement – Antebellum U.S. Congress – Virtual Engagement via Zoom


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us as Dr. Rachel Shelden presents on the Antebellum U.S. Congress.  Please note that this meeting is being arranged for a Zoom virtual presentation. 

The 1850s might have featured some of the most famous and violent arguments in American history, but in Washington, congressmen entered a social and political atmosphere that bred a sense of community and brotherhood. Ultimately, that atmosphere created a “Washington bubble” that left many congressmen unprepared for secession and war in 1861.

Dr. Shelden is an Associate Professor of American History at Penn State University, specializing in the long Civil War Era, from the Jacksonian Period through Reconstruction.  She is also the Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State.  Dr. Shelden’s research and teaching interests include slavery and abolition, the Civil War, the U.S. South, and political and constitutional history.  She is  the author of Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, & the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), which received honorable mention for the Wiley-Silver Prize for the best first book on the American Civil War and was a selection of the History Book Club.  She is co-editor, with Gary Gallagher, of A Political Nation: New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political History (University of Virginia Press, 2012).   Her current project explores the political culture of the U.S. Supreme Court from the Jacksonian Era to the 1890s.

Topic: Harrisburg CWRT October 2020 Engagement

Time: Friday, October 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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