Roundtable discussion: Southwest Pennsylvania African-Americans in the Civil War

Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 12:36 PM

The Western PA Civil War Roundtable presents an evening with Karen Fisher Younger discussing the topic of Southwest Pennsylvania African-Americans in the Civil War

What: The Western PA Civil War Roundtable Monthly meeting

Date: Dec. 12, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Edgeworth Elementary School at 200 Meadow Lane, Edgeworth, Pennsylvania 15143

Title: LECTURE: Southwest Pennsylvania African-Americans in the Civil War w/ Karen Fisher Younger (and Annual Holiday Party!)


Almost 200,000 blacks served in the Union army and navy during the Civil War. They would fight in 449 engagements in every theater of the war. About half were freedmen from the South, but some of these men were from Southwest Pennsylvania and they comprise the subject of this month’s talk by Karen Fisher Younger.

African-Americans of the Civil War era understood what historians understand now – that emancipation and the use of blacks as armed soldiers were defining moments not only in the history of the Civil War, but the history of African-Americans themselves. What role did African-Americans from Southwest Pennsylvania play in the Civil War? This month’s talk will examine how blacks from Southwest Pennsylvania fought for their freedom and the broader military, political, and social significance of their service.

Our speaker, Karen Fisher Younger, is Chair of the Department of Humanities at Waynesburg University. Karen served as co-editor of the book Lincoln’s Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered and is the author of numerous articles on the American colonization movement, Liberia, Africa, and the illegal slave trade. She is also the former managing director of the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University.

If you like your history with a local flavor, this talk is for you!

ALSO! To celebrate the season and the conclusion of our 34th campaign, this month’s meeting is also our annual holiday party. Please feel free to bring cookies, snacks and other goodies to share with the group.

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