One Book: Confederates in the Attic

Remembering Tony Horwitz’s Visit to MVCC

We were saddened to learn about the death of author Tony Horwitz.

In 2012, Horwitz visited campus as our One Book, One College author. He spoke to several hundred students and members of the public. He spoke about his book on abolitionist John Brown. We do not have a video of his talk but you can listen to his talk here: Tony Horwitz talks about Midnight Rising & Confederates in the Attic at Moraine Valley.

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Civil War Money and Depictions of Slavery

This is a unique conversation with faculty member Rick Aztlan. Mr. Aztlan collections 19th century currency. He shows us some of the pieces in his collection and examines the cultural meanings behind images on the currency.

Currency of the Civil War Era and Depictions of Slavery
Faculty member Rick Aztlan explores the role of institution of slavery in the US economy during the Civil War era through money. Mr. Aztlan will discuss bank notes used in the North and the South and how these notes depicted slaves and slavery. This view connects economics, imagery, culture, and race into a unique understanding of our past with implications for our present. This is part of the One Book, One College program: Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic.

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Anti-Slavery Societies Leading up to the Civil War

Faculty member Carey Millsap-Spears discusses the life of artist Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, wife of noted author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sophia’s life offers us a glimpse into 19th century New England leading up to and through the US Civil War. Sophia’s life illustrates that sometimes a woman’s worst enemy is the idealized character of the Angel in the House who leaves her creative self behind. This is part of the One Book, One College program and Women’s History Month Celebration. This event was hosted by the Moraine Valley Community College Library.

Anti-Slavery Societies, Feminism, and Sophia Peabody Hawthorne featuring Carey Millsap-Spears

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Was the South Doomed to Failure?

Was the Confederacy doomed to failure? Historian Jim McIntyre says, “yes,” and he intends to tell us why in this lecture on military strategy during the US Civil War. This event was hosted in the Moraine Valley Community College Library as part of the One Book, One College Program.

Grand Strategy North and South: Why the Confederates never had a Chance

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Serving in the Union and Confederate Armies

What was it like to be a Civil War soldier? Historian Joshua Fulton helps us to answer this question. This was part last years’s One Book program on Confederates in the Attic.

A Soldier’s Life: Service in the Union and Confederate Armies
We hear often of the leaders of the Civil War, of Lincoln, Davis, and their images. This presentation by history faculty member Joshua Fulton examines a common soldier’s perspective of the conflict in both armies–how they lived, fought, and endured.

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Looking back at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an increasingly important topic as we see many returning veterans re-entering society. As part of our One Book program, we organized a panel discussion on PTSD this past fall term. This panel included members of our psychology and counseling departments. This was a great discussion that is worth reviewing.

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: causes, diagnosis, and treatments
Faculty members from Moraine Valley’s Psychology and Counseling Departments discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This event was held as part of the One Book, One College Program. Panel members included Nick Shizas – Psychology (moderator), Matthew Cullen – Counseling, Terri Easkin – Counseling, Ericka Hamilton – Psychology, Amy Williamson – Psychology.

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Looking Back at Confederates in the Attic

Last academic year, we looked at Tony Horwitz’s book Confederates in the Attic as our One Book, One College text. At the start of our program, we asked our history faculty to talk about the book. They did, and it was a great event that really helped to dig into this excellent book.

Historians discuss Confederates in the Attic
Moraine Valley history faculty members discuss our One Book text, Confederates in the Attic. This panel included: Merri Fefles (moderator), Kristine VanBaren, Jim McIntyre, Josh Fulton.

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Missed an Event? Check Out Video from Confederates in Attic Events

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150 Years Since the Bloodiest Day in US History

Today makes the 150 anniversary since the bloodiest day in US history. During one four hour stretch, 10,000 soldiers were killed or wounded. We are noting these anniversaries as part of our One Book, One College Program. Here is an NPR story marking the anniversary, Antietam: A Savage Day In American History. Here are some additional items from our library’s collection.

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