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Annual History Conference Attracts a Capacity Crowd

November 19, 2011 Princeeton University – The New Jersey Historical Commission's 28th Annual Conference, New Jersey in the Crucible of the Civil War, attracted a crowd of some 300 attendees to Princeton University on November 19, 2011.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eric Foner offered the keynote on his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. 

Dr. Greene delivered a talk titled The Role of Race and Slavery in New Jersey Elections.  Afternoon panel sessions included:  The Homefront which examined the divided loyalties and painful sacrifices that fractured families, communities and towns; Women, Medicine, and the Civil War explored medicine and Newark's Civil War hospital and examined the impact that some of the nation's most prominent women had on Civil War-era New Jersey; and The Soldier Experience captured the psychological impact and trauma suffered by both northern and southern soldiers and surveyed the leadership style of the state's officers and generals.  Researching Your Community's Civil War Heritage revealed state resources available to communities to enable them to commemorate the War.  

Distinguished historian Clement Alexander Price of Rutgers University delivered the plenary titled, Break Every Yoke, Let the Oppressed Go Free: African Americans and the Civil War.

In addition to outstanding presentations the conference exhibit hall featured the Civil War collections of the New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey State Archives, the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association and the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial.  During an extended lunch hour Dr. Foner offered a book signing providing an opportunity for the many students who attended the conference this year to speak with him.  


Keynote speaker Dr. Eric Foner


Featured speaker Dr. Larry Greene


Plenary speaker Dr. Clement A. Price


A panel session featuring historians Maxine Lurie, Sandra Moss and Carol Berkin

Photos courtesy of the New Jersey State Archives, Department of State