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Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory: Programs

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Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory

Atkins Library, the Department of History at UNC Charlotte, and the Sugar Creek Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announce Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory - a series of events beginning February 21, 2019 through March 13, 2019. The project, made possible by the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, is designed to shed light on the current controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and provide factual historical information about North Carolina’s role in the Confederacy. Presenters will discuss how the war affected individual North Carolinians from each socioeconomic group and geographic area of the state. They will contrast the history with the myths and discuss the history and future of the Civil War monuments.


All programs are free and open to the public! 

The following programs were created in collaboration between faculty and instructors in the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and librarians at Atkins Library and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. A very special thank you to Atkins Library Board Advisor Kathleen Clark for her expertise, hard work, and dedication to the project. Funding for the programs are supported by Atkins Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund.

Dr. Karen Cox

Panel Presentation and Closing Reception

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, NC  28202

Join UNC Charlotte Professor of History Dr. Karen Cox as she leads a discussion on the history, controversy and future of Civil War memorials in a panel presentation, "Commemorating the Confederacy: History, Memory and Meaning in the 21st Century South" at UNC Charlotte's Center City auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Joining Dr. Cox are guest scholars Dr. William Sturkey, Assistant Professor of History at UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Hilary Green, Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Cox is an expert on Southern history and culture, and has written extensively on Confederate monuments and memory for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the Huffington Post.  She is the author of three books, including: Dixie's Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture, which will be reissued with a new preface in March 2019.


Dr. Sturkey specializes in the history of race in the American South, with numerous writings on the topic. He is co-editor of To Write in the Light of Freedom, and the author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White, due to be published in Spring 2019.

Dr. Green's research interests lie in the intersections of race, class and gender in African American history. She also specializes in the American Civil War, Civil War Memory, Reconstruction and the United States South. She is the author of 

Dr. Hilary Green

Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South 1865-1890, 

and she is currently working on a book about how African Americans remembered and commemorated the American Civil War


The March 13 event at UNC Charlotte's Center City auditorium is the culminating event in the Beyond the Myths: The American Civil War in History and Memory series sponsored by Atkins Library and the Department of History.

The project is made possible by the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund.


Lesson Plans

Discover interesting lesson plans for grade levels 6-12 that can help you integrate the exhibit and the program into your curriculum.


Would you like to bring your high school class to attend the programs?  

Would you like to discuss ideas for incorporating the exhibit and program into classes, including assignments, in-class activities, and extra credit opportunities for program participation?  

Please contact Atkins Librarians Beth Scarborough or Amanda Binder to help coordinate your visit or to discuss ideas.

We need your feedback!  If you do incorporate the programs and/or lesson plans into your classes, please take a moment to share with us.

Did you know...

  • Community members can borrow materials from Atkins Library by purchasing a community borrower card.
  • UNC Charlotte alumni can apply for an alumni card to gain free access to the print library collection. 
  • UNC Charlotte alumni have free access to JSTOR through the alumni portal.
  • Community members can access Atkins Library's online resources from the guest computers in Atkins Library.


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