06/16/2011 – Onondaga County Civil War Roundtable

On Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the Town of DeWitt Community Room, 148 Sanders Creek Pkwy, E. Syr. (off NYS Thruway Exit 35 at Carrier Circle), the Onondaga County Civil War Round Table program is pleased to present a talk by the nationally – acclaimed historian Douglas R. Egerton, Professor of History at LeMoyne College. He will be discussing his recent, widely-praised book YEAR OF METEORS: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War, regarded by many as an essential prequel to Team of Rivals. In it, Professor Egerton explores the extraordinary political events of the 1860 election year, analyzing Lincoln’s unexpected emergence as President of the United States, the ascendancy of the young Republican Party, the disintegration of the Democratic Party, and the events immediately precipitating the secession of Southern states and the onset of military conflict between the North and the South. Professor Egerton received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1985, and has been on the LeMoyne College faculty since 1987. During the 2011 – 2012 academic year he will be teaching at the University College Dublin as a Fulbright scholar, holding the Mary Ball Washington Chair. Professor Egerton, a descendant of North Carolina slaveholders and Confederates, is the author of four other books: Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America, Gabriel’s Rebellion: The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1800 & 1802, He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey, and Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries: Collected Essays and Second Thoughts. For additional information, please contact Bill Goodwin at 315-437-3887.