Civil War Book Club

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Are you a history buff? Interested in the Civil War?

If so, please join us for our first Civil War Book Club on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Our first book will be The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson.

In The War That Forged a Nation, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian McPherson considers why the Civil War remains so deeply imbedded in our national psyche and identity. The drama and tragedy of the war, from its scope and size -- and estimated death toll of 750,000, far more than the rest of the country's wars combined -- to the nearly mythical individuals involved -- Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson -- help explain why the Civil War remains a topic of interest. But the legacy of the war extends far beyond historical interest or scholarly attention. Here, McPherson draws upon his work over the past fifty years to illuminate the war's continued resonance across many dimensions of American life.

Touching upon themes that include the war's causes and consequences; the naval war; slavery and its abolition; and Lincoln as commander in chief, McPherson ultimately proves the impossibility of understanding the issues of our own time unless we first understand their roots in the era of the Civil War. From racial inequality and conflict between the North and South to questions of state sovereignty or the role of government in social change -- these issues, McPherson shows, are as salient and controversial today as the were in the 1860s.

Sam Wilson, Professor of History at the University of Rio Grande will be the moderator for the discussion.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library. If you are interested in attending or would like a copy of the book, please contact Lynn by stopping in at the Library, calling 740.446.7323 x 229, or e-mailing

Light refreshments will be served.


Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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