“Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War” — Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Chandra Manning at the Alexandria Black History Museum | News Release | City of Alexandria


Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 10.53.05 AM.pngLecture and Book Signing with Dr. Chandra Manning,
Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War.”
Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 7 p.m.

The Alexandria Black History Museum presents a free lecture and book signing by noted historian Chandra Manning. Dr. Manning will be signing copies of her new book, “Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War,” which examines life in the Union Army’s refugee camps. These “contraband camps” provide insight on the long road to emancipation and black citizenship in the United States.

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.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, 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.

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.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail black.history@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.4356, Virginia Relay 711.

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