The U.S. Constitution and Secession
Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Byrd Center CHE Auditorium
213 North King Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
The Byrd Center is excited to collaborate with our friends at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War to bring Dwight Pitcaithley, former chief historian of the National Park Service to Shepherd University for a book talk and signing on April 11, 2019. Pitcaithley will discuss his latest publication, The U.S. Constitution and Secession: A Documentary Anthology of Slavery and White Supremacy.
In his research, editor Dwight Pitcaithley provides expert guidance through the speeches and discussions that took place over Secession Winter (1860–1861)—in Congress, eleven state conventions, legislatures in Tennessee and Kentucky, and the Washington Peace Conference of February, 1861. The anthology brings to light dozens of solutions to the secession crisis proposed in the form of constitutional amendments—90 percent of them carefully designed to protect the institution of slavery in different ways throughout the country.
Four Seasons Books will be joining us this evening and will have books available for purchase and signing following the lecture in the Rotunda of the Byrd Center.
This is a free event, open to the campus and community. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for the lecture beginning at 7:00 pm. Please reserve your seat(s) now by clicking on the button below.