January 12, 2021 –
Mark Twain and the Civil War
by Rosemary Irwin
To this day, US casualty rates in the Civil War have exceeded those of all the other wars our nation has known combined. Young men in America would have been on the Confederate Side, the Union side, or might have escaped the battles and lived the Gold Rush reality of the western settlers. Mark Twain once boasted: “I am not an American; I am THE American.” Amazingly he was at different times rebel, union, and Gold Rush westerner. Much of the way we see the Civil War is directly related to Mark Twain—from Huckleberry Finn to his publishing of Ulysses S. Grant’s war memoir. Join us for a discussion of Mark Twain’s Civil War via Zoom.
Rosemary Irwin lectures throughout our local area on topics as varied as health care, history, art, and technology. She has also facilitated classes created by Harvard, Stanford, and Humanities New York, translating complex material into lively non-academic discussions. Since 2012, her mission has been “to give lifetime learners a reason to be in the room.”
The link to this program is: http://greecepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=9792&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2021/01/01