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Lecture and Book Signing: Dr. Chandra Manning, “Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War.” | News Release | City of Alexandria


Thursday, October 20, 2016

7:00 p.m.


Join us for a free lecture and book signing by noted historian Chandra Manning. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free admission, though advance registration is requested as space is limited.  Please call the Alexandria Black History Museum at 703.746.4356 to reserve your space. This event is part of the Museum’s Mercy Street-related programming.

By the end of the Civil War, nearly half a million slaves had taken refuge behind Union lines, in what became known as “contraband camps.” These were crowded, dangerous places, yet some 12-15 percent of the Confederacy’s slave population took almost unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places Northerners came to know former slaves en masse. Ranging from stories of individuals to those of armies on the move to the debates in Congress, Troubled Refuge probes what the camps were really like and how former slaves and Union soldiers warily united there.

Chandra Manning is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University specializing in 19th century American History.  She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Manning’s previous book, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War, won numerous accolades for her scholarship.

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