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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Kolchin Speaks on the Civil War and Emancipation March 4

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University presents guest speaker Peter Kolchin, the University of Delaware’s Clay Reed Professor of History, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center. He speaks as part of the Les Callette Lecture Series. A member of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), Kolchin lectures on “The American Civil War and Emancipation in Comparative Perspective.” He has authored several books on American slavery and emancipation, including First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1972), Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987), American Slavey, 1619-1877 (1993), and A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth-Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003). Winner of the Bancroft Prize, the OAH's Avery Craven Award and the Southern Historical Association's Charles Sydnor Award, Kolchin is currently working on a comparative study of emancipation and its aftermath in Russia and the U.S. South, a sequel to Unfree Labor. Sponsored by the History Department, Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, and Office of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs, Kolchin’s lecture is free and the public is cordially invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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