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Next Meeting: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: Christopher Phillips, University of Cincinnati

Topic: North Star and Southern Cross: The Political War after the War in Ohio

Our understandings of our national past and present interpret a timeless border between North and South, with the Civil War as confirmation that distinct cultures on either sides of the Ohio River fought over separate devotions to slavery and freedom. In Ohio, politics straddled both a north-south and an east-west border during this war, and played out as a state deeply divided over the war's coming, emancipation, and the later Reconstruction amendments. This talk will explain how postwar Ohioans reconciled these divisions by using war politics as a wedge between parties and peoples. Situated as former westerners, the cultural politics of war memory and political positions forced residents of the state who had had different trajectories in wartime into new regional identities, evolving as Northerners and more complicatedly Midwesterners, by re-narrating the war and themselves.

Christopher Phillips is Professor of History and Department Head at UC. His six published books have focused variously upon slavery and freedom, emancipation, war, race, politics, and memory during and after the Civil War era, with particular focus on the Border States. His current book project, "The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War on the Middle Border and the Making of American Regionalism," will be published by Oxford University Press in October 2015. Since 2009 he has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians, and from 1999 to 2009, he served as co-editor of Ohio Valley History, a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of regional history. He live in Glendale, Ohio, the nation's first planned community (1855), with his wife, Jill, and two sons, Grayson and Maddox.

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