Clements Department of History at SMU
invites you to…
“Loyalty and America’s Civil War”
Thursday, October 7, 2010 • Reception at 6:00 pm • Lecture at 6:30 pm
University • Grand Ballroom
Civil War America,
the fundamental categories of loyalty shifted beneath people’s feet.
How were people to be true to a nation when nations were being
created or divided before their eyes? How were people supposed
to be true to a state when the state could not decide its own
loyalties? How were people supposed to be true to their family
when fathers and sons, husbands and wives, declared loyalty to
different nations? What did loyalty mean to an enslaved person
who had the opportunity to be a free person? And what did it
mean to be loyal to people you claimed to own when they proved
themselves to be loyal to their blood families instead of to you?
This talk will explore this remarkable and revealing moment in
American history, identifying what was perhaps the key struggle of
the Civil War era.
The Sharp Lectures are
also sponsored by SMU's Clements Department
of History and the Scott Hawkins Lecture Series and are free and
open to the public. Seating is not reserved.
October 28, 2010, in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, beginning at
6:30 p.m.: -Stephanie McCurry, Professor of History at the
University of Pennsylvania, speaking on "Confederate Reckoning:
Power and Politics in the Civil War South."