The Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Round Table will be sponsoring a course for the Midcoast Senior College starting on November 9. The course will be 5 weeks long and will be presented on Zoom. Registration is now open. To register, go to the MSC website at:


African Americans: The Civil War and Aftermath

The role and status of Americans of African descent have been major aspects of the culture and politics of the United States since the nation’s inception. It was the major issue in the conflict that led to the American Civil War and was an issue throughout the war. The war resolved some issues related to slavery, but left most issues related to the role and status of African Americans unresolved. The war and post-war years created the cultural and political structures that continue to define much of American society and politics. This course will offer a series of presentations by different individuals on topics that are intended to broaden our understanding of historical events in this pivotal period in our history. Presentations will address topics including African-American resistance to slavery, emancipation, reconstruction and post-reconstruction “Jim Crow” practices, and the struggle for civil rights during the 20th century.

Schedule and Presenters: 

  • November 9 – Patrick Rael (Bowdoin)
  • November 16 – Noma Petroff (Independent)
  • November 23 – Ashley Towle (USM)
  • November 30 – Chris Asch (Colby)
  • December 7 – Brian Purnell (Bowdoin)
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