“A Reading Party,” inGodey’s Lady’s Book 33 (1846): plate opposite p. 145.
July 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm America/New York Timezone
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
PA 19107
Library Company of Philadelphia

Civil War, Civil Rights: African American Women in Civil War-Era Philadelphia

5:30pm -6:30pm: Lecture

Reception to follow

In conjunction with the Library Company’s NEH Summer Seminar “What Did Independence Mean for Women: 1776 – 1876?” the Library Company is hosting a public lecture presented by prominent scholar Judith Giesberg, Professor of History at Villanova University. Professor Giesberg is the author of several books and the project director and lead editor of Emilie Davis’s Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865. Her presentation will discuss black women’s activism on the homefront during the Civil War, specifically addressing the variety of ways that African American women pushed civil rights and freedom of movement onto the wartime agenda of U.S. lawmakers.