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Celebrating the Life

November 10, 2008 - 12:00am

AUSTIN, Texas (November 10, 2008) –"The Littlefield History of the Civil War Era," a 16-volume series of books covering the earliest rumblings of disunion to Reconstruction, has been announced by The University of Texas Libraries.

Littlefield History of the Civil War book jacket The series is sponsored by the University of North Carolina Press and the Littlefield Fund for Southern History at The University of Texas Austin.

The series is edited by University of Texas at Austin alumni Gary Gallagher and T. Michael Parrish, and features contributions by some of today's most respected Civil War historians.

Elizabeth Varon, professor of history at Temple University, opens the series with a talk at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 about her new book, "Disunion! The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859," in which she blends political history and cultural history to examine the ongoing debates over disunion that preceded the secession crisis.

A panel of distinguished scholars, including Gallagher and Parrish along with series authors Thavolia Glymph and George Rable, presents an overview of the series and previews forthcoming volumes. A reception will follow the program.

The lecture and reception will be held in the recently opened AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Both events are free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the University of Texas Libraries, the Department of History and the Center for American History.

For additional information on the event, please contact Eve McQuade by phone or email at (512) 495-4363 or Information on The Littlefield History of the Civil War Era series is available online at



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