Humanities Tennessee's statewide reading and discussion program, Making Sense of the American Civil War, wraps up at the Chattanooga Public Library on November 13th when scholar Linda Moss Mines, Department of History, Girls Preparatory School, facilitates the fifth program, War and Freedom. This final program explores the changing role of African Americans in the course of the war and the experience of emancipation, and includes excerpts of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Walker, and Leon Litwack, among others. The Chattanooga library has averaged 26 participants for each discussion so far.
The series overall uses fiction, nonfiction, and primary documents to provide insight into the individual experience in the Civil War era from a range of perspectives, and to encourage dialogue within communities about the breadth and scope of the Civil War's significance to Tennesseans.
The Making Sense series begins in Memphis at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on January 10th, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library on January 22nd, and the Morristown-Hamblen Public Library on February 7th. Click here to read more about the program.