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Public Invited to Civil War Community Night at Watchung Hills Regional High School, Monday, Jan. 13

Brenda A. Nemcek

Sunday, January 12, 2014 • 6:53am

WARREN NJ- On  Monday, January 13, Watchung Hills Regional High School will sponsor a Civil War Community Night. The public is invited to attend and admission is  free. 

Food authentic to the Civil War era will be exhibited and  light refreshments will be available for purchase. Choir members will present music of the period and President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln are expected to be in attendance.
 
A presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center with two prominent Lincoln scholars  debating the proposal: “Lincoln — Tyrant or Savior?”

Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University’s School of Arts & Sciences, and has recently published “Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union,” which was awarded the prize for the best book from the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the North Jersey Civil War Roundtable. Masur has also published: “The Civil War,” “The Soiling of Old Glory,” “Autumn Glory, Baseball’s First World Series,” and “Rites of Execution; Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865 and is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching and the humanities.

Dr. William Carrigan will be taking an opposing viewpoint. Carrigan is a Professor and Chair of the History Department at Rowan University, where he teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, American Western History, and U.S. Labor History. He is the author of  “The Making of a Lynching Culture:  Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916,” which won the Richard Wentworth Prize in 2005.

The audience will be given the opportunity to challenge or comment. A large traveling exhibit, in the form of an 80-foot panorama provided by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, will be on display in the  entry mall.

The display will remain in place  until Feb. 17.

 

 

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