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Looking at the Civil War from Unexpected Places (postponed)

This event has been postponed.

A panel discussion with JUDKIN BROWNING, TIMOTHY SILVER and MEGAN KATE NELSON

Mark Simpson-Vos, Wyndham Robertson Editorial Director at UNC Press, will introduce them and moderate the discussion.

JUDKIN BROWNING and TIMOTHY SILVER, An Environmental History of the Civil War 

This sweeping new history recognizes that the Civil War was not just a military conflict but also a moment of profound transformation in Americans' relationship to the natural world. Not just environmental factors such as topography and weather but the creation of a new disease environment, large-scale modifications of the landscape across several states;  new thinking about the human relationship to the natural world; and a reckoning with disability and death on an ecological scale. And as the guns fell silent, the change continued; Browning and Silver show how the war influenced the future of weather forecasting, veterinary medicine, the birth of the conservation movement, and the establishment of the first national parks. 

Judkin Browning is professor of military history at Appalachian State University and author of Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina. 

Timothy Silver is professor of environmental history at Appalachian State University and author of Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains: An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America.

 

MEGAN KATE NELSON, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West 

Nelson reveals the epic battle for control of the West that erupted during the Civil War. Both the Union and Confederacy had their eyes on the prize that was the American West with its access to gold and Pacific ports. The battles that took place in the region “illuminate the ways that the Southwest became a pivotal theater of the Civil War and the center of a larger struggle for the future of the nation, of Native peoples, and of the West.”

Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian and has written about the Civil War, U.S. western history, and American culture for the New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Preservation Magazine, Civil War Times, and the Civil War Monitor. Nelson is the author of two previous books—Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012) and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (2005).

Event date: 
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
An Environmental History of the Civil War (Civil War America) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469655383
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 1-5 business days
Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 13th, 2020

This sweeping new history recognizes that the Civil War was not just a military conflict but also a moment of profound transformation in Americans' relationship to the natural world.


The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501152542
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 1-5 business days
Published: Scribner - February 11th, 2020

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History

A dramatic, riveting, and “fresh look at a region typically obscured in accounts of the Civil War.