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Mondays, October 4 – November 1 (5 Weeks), 6:30 – 8:30 PM – This class will explore the American Civil War through a modern lens. We’ll draw parallels between the political system of the 1800s and the modern political landscape. We’ll also examine how Lincoln was able to secure the presidency through the break-up of traditional political parties and how this phenomenon has been echoed in today’s elections. We will attempt to answer the following questions: Is it appropriate that every southern city continues to display monuments of Civil War generals? Should Confederate veterans be honored today in the same way as they’ve been honored traditionally? We’ll also focus on the impact of slavery, the birth of the Industrial Revolution, and the strategy and tactics of both the north and south armies. Lastly, we will study the three specific battles that sealed the fate of the Confederacy: Antietam, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg.

Instructor: Stuart Greene, the JCC’s retired Director of Health & P.E., is a Civil War aficionado who has run, crawled across, and explored every Civil War battlefield east of the Mississippi. He is a retired Captain of Artillery and received three Bronze Stars for heroism in combat and a Purple Heart for wounds received. among others. Most notably, his unit received a Presidential Unit Citation which is the highest award given in combat.

Cost: $100 JCC members, $120 general public