The Civil War in 1865 and Beyond
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2015
Today's Program: "Injustice must cease before peace can prevail"- Frederick Douglass, The Post-Civil War Years, with Mark Maloy, Fredrick Douglas NHS.
The self-emancipated Frederick Douglass had long argued and fought for the abolishment of slavery in America, and with the end of the Civil War and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, had seen the ultimate dissolution of the institution. For some abolitionists, the mission had been accomplished and their work fulfilled.Frederick Douglass, however, saw much danger in this moment of joy.For the next thirty years Douglass would continue to fight to ensure that the legacy of emancipation was not lost and guarantee voting rights and equality for the disenfranchised, including blacks and women. In many of his writings and speeches Douglass spoke about the meaning and memory of the Civil War.As many white Northerners and Southerners began to omit slavery and the role blacks had played, Douglass argued that the war had been an "abolition war" and fought to control how Americans would remember the calamitous struggle and what lessons the nation should learn from it? Mark Maloy, NPS Ranger at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, will discuss Douglass' influence and struggles for equality beyond the end of the Civil War.
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m., in one of the theaters at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. These lectures are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gett