Friday, October 16, 2015

Nov 21 - The American Civil War: Obsolete Myths and Real Questions, by Andrew Zimmerman, PhD

This lecture will introduce some of the most interesting and important questions historians of the American Civil War are asking today.   These include: what role did slaves themselves play in the end of slavery? How did the Union Army defeat the Confederacy and win the war? It will also debunk some persistent myths that sometimes overshadow these real questions, including the claim that the Confederacy fought for states' rights rather than for the perpetuation of slavery. Even if you have never given a thought to the Civil War, you will come away from this lecture able to discuss and debate this defining moment in US history.
Andrew Zimmerman is Professor of History and International Affairs in the Department of History at The George Washington University. Professor Zimmerman received his BA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, his M.Phil. in history and the philosophy of science from Darwin College, Cambridge University, and his PhD in history from the University of California, San Diego. He has also studied at Humboldt- Universität in Berlin and at Universität Wien in Vienna. Professor Zimmerman’s research focuses on modern Germany, the United States, and West Africa. He is working on a project tentatively titled "Slaves and Soldiers in the Red and Black Atlantic: A Transnational and Revolutionary History of the American Civil War."

Saturday, November 21, 2015
1:30 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room (Take the elevator on the left after entering the building)
Rockville Memorial Library 
21 Maryland Avenue 
Rockville, MD

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Library customers can get 2 hours of free parking when you park in one of the Rockville Town Square garages. Validated parking for 2-3 hours is $2; for 3-4 hours it's $3.
  • Garage A - letter A in green - accessible from Maryland Avenue entrance near Beall Avenue and from Hungerford Drive, 
  • Garage B - letter B in blue - accessible from the driveway between Gold's Gym and American Tap Room)
  • Garage C.
Please note that there are two garages accessible from the driveway between Gold's Gym and American Tap Room.
  • The first garage to the left after driving between the buildings does not have validated parking
  • Please continue past the first parking entrance on the left and down the hill under the blue sign that says Garage B to access the garage for which parking can be validated.
To validate your parking when visiting the Rockville Memorial Library building, use the machine to the left as you enter the first floor internal doors of the Library. The validation machine is next to the library's Internet Sign-In Station.