[PAST EVENT] Sesquicentennial Signature Conference: The American Civil War at Home

April 20, 2013
9:30am - 4pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
**NOTE: Registration for this conference is FULL. Those still interested in attending may be added to a wait list at, {{http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/2013conference.php}}.

This Signature Conference is the fifth in an annual series. It will bring together noted Civil War historians to consider how the Civil War changed Virginia and the nation 150 years ago in the year of the war's turning point, 1863.

In the first day of that year President Abraham Lincoln made clear that the war was no longer about the merits of secession, but would thereafter be a war over slavery.

Keynote Address

Eric Foner: Lincoln, Slavery, and Emancipation

Panel I: Emancipation and Its Limits

Panelists will consider how slavery ended, the relative significance of the Union Army and the slaves themselves in bringing it about, and the Union Army's unwillingness to fully use black soldiers as agents of emancipation.

Panel II: Internal Dissent in the Confederacy and the Union

Presenters consider how the war caused both Union and Confederate home fronts to fracture from within.

This path-breaking program asks what civil war really was, and how fully it could break down society, both in Virginia and the nation as a whole.

For additional information visit the conference website, {{http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/2013conference.php}}.