Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Who: Laney Prize Winner H. W. Brands

Where: Chez Zee Restaurant banquet room, 5406 Balcones Drive

What:

John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament speaking to him, telling him to destroy slavery by any means. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown raised a band of followers to wage war. His men tore pro-slavery settlers from their homes and hacked them to death with broadswords. Three years later, Brown and his men assaulted the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, hoping to arm slaves with weapons for a race war that would cleanse the nation of slavery.

Brown's violence pointed ambitious Illinois lawyer and former officeholder Abraham Lincoln toward a different solution to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed big, plotting his path back to Washington and perhaps to the White House. Yet his caution could not protect him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in motion. After Brown's arrest, his righteous dignity on the way to the gallows led many in the North to see him as a martyr to liberty. Southerners responded with anger and horror to a terrorist being made into a saint. Lincoln shrewdly threaded the needle between the opposing voices of the fractured nation and won election as president. But the time for moderation had passed, and Lincoln's fervent belief that democracy could resolve its moral crises peacefully faced its ultimate test.

We are thrilled to welcome 2021 Laney Prize Winner H. W. Brands to our Round Table. H.W. Brands taught at Texas A&M University for sixteen years before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History. His books include Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His 2020 book, The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom has been selected as this year's Laney Prize Winner. Please join us for a great evening!

Program Location and Details

Please RSVP to David White at hdwhite1978@att.net by Tuesday, June 15. If you wish to receive a meal, there will be a limited dinner menu available for $25, including tip. The selections will be sent via email.

A cash bar will be available but you will need to open a tab with the restaurant for that.

If you do not wish to take a meal, please RSVP to David by noon Tuesday, June 15, as well. We can accept non-meal guests up until 5 p.m. on the 21st of June. The venue has asked that no one bring any outside meals or drinks into the restaurant.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will commence at 7:15 p.m. Meeting and meal is $25.00 and meeting only is $5.00 for members.

If you have any questions, please call David White at (512) 497-4832 or Mike Watkins at (512) 970-5548.

 

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