Exploring the Diaries of a Free Black Woman, 1863–1865 - Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30PM
What if you could experience the Civil War, feel its tensions, celebrate its victories, and mourn its tragedies … in real time? Emilie Davis’ Civil War diary allows readers to do just that, feeling the Civil War through the account of someone who lived it. In this session, attendees will explore the diary, available now as Emilie Davis’s Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863–1865 (Penn State University Press, 2014), as a way to get inside the Civil War, experiencing its epic days through the eyes and words of a young African American woman. This presentation will be led by Dr. Judith Giesberg, a professor of history at Villanova University who teaches courses on the Civil War, slavery, and women’s history.