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Date Posted: Friday, March 25th, 2011

On Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will continue its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War by sponsoring a program entitled “A Dangerous & Uncomfortable Position: Delaware from the Secession Crisis through Bull Run.”  As a border state, Delaware became the focus of both Secessionists and Unionists during the critical months between Abraham Lincoln’s election and the war’s first battles. Emissaries from both sides visited the First State to woo her citizens to their cause. Who were they? What did they tell Delawareans? How were they received?

            This will be the first in a series of four Civil War programs presented this year at the Archives by Dr. Steve Newton of Delaware State University.  Dr. Newton is the author of nine books and an Associate Editor of North & South magazine.  He has been a Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University since 1990.  Currently, he serves as the Acting Chairman of the History, Political Science, and Philosophy Department at the University. 

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@delaware.gov. 


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