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Civil War Lecture Series: "Politicians and Lawmakers: Attempting to Maintain Control"

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Date(s) - 02/21/2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture


The McClung Museum’s 6th annual Civil War Lecture series is titled “An All-American City Endures: Knoxvillians at War 1860-1865,” and will examine Knoxville families before, during, and after the upheaval of war.

This month’s lecture examines the war through the lens of lawyers and lawmakers, and is titled “Politicians and Lawmakers: Attempting to Maintain Control.”

Our historic community, with a total population of less than 4,000 in 1861, will be examined through the standing and experiences of the ‘head of family’; how his war time decisions and actions influenced the multiple lives within his kinship web. A wealth of documentation from many diverse primary sources, including many photographic portraits, has been compiled to compare and contrast the choices made by the people of Knoxville. Loyalty, military service, whether to stay or to flee, service to the dominant government, determination and enforcement of the law, money management, the feeding and sheltering of resident armies, the protection of the infrastructure of a battered town, meeting the needs of suffering civilians, spiritual leadership of religious congregations, keeping the populace informed, the running of daily business concerns–in fact, all aspects of sustaining and surviving in a community were affected by the coming, staying and ending of war. This lecture series will look at the men and women forced to make life and death decisions in the midst of social turmoil.

The lectures will be held at 2pm one Sunday each month, January–April 2016 in the McClung Museum Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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