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Civil War series to continue at UNG-Gainesville
Panel discussion to focus on conflict's aftermath
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Civil War series

When: A reception begins at 5:30 tonight, with the program starting at 6.

Where: University of North Georgia-Gainesville, Cleveland Ballroom of the Martha T. Nesbitt Building

How much: The event is open to the public at no charge.

A panel discussion is set for tonight at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus on the Civil War’s aftermath, including environmental impact on Georgia, Reconstruction and political effects.

Glen Kyle, executive director of the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville, will facilitate the discussion, which is part of a “Civil War at 150” series the college is holding.

George Justice, lecturer of history, will speak on “A Conventional End to a Sovereign Practice: Another Constitutional Consequence of the American Civil War.”

According to a UNG news release, Justice’s interests and research lie in the influence of Southern secession on American constitutionalism, and his part of the panel will examine the consequences the Civil War had on the nation’s federalism.

History professor Clay Ouzts will talk about “Scourge of War: The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Civil War.” His research highlights military actions taken during the war and how they affected the U.S. economy and environment.

Jennifer Lund Smith, associate professor of history, will discuss “The Messy Aftermath of the Civil War” in the context of her research, which focuses on gender and race during the war and during Reconstruction, with particular emphasis on Appalachia.

And Ben Wynne, associate professor of history, will present “Defending Defeat: The Rise of the Lost Cause in the Post-Bellum South.”

Wynne is the author of two books examining the war and its impact in Mississippi and teaches several undergraduate classes on U.S. history, including a course focusing on the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Capping off the series on April 9 is a presentation from J. David Hacker, whose 2012 study on the Civil War’s death toll showed the number to be much higher than previously thought, at 750,000 killed rather than 620,000.

The series began in February, with a presentation by John Inscoe, University of Georgia history professor, who talked about Georgia’s role in the Civil War, including
Union Gen. William Sherman’s March to the Sea.

“If the war had ended a year before it did, Georgia would have been a relatively minor player,” he said at the event. “We’d be like Florida or Alabama. Who knows what happened there during the war?

“Everybody knows what happened in Georgia.”

The UNG series is a project supported by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

Also supporting the effort is the Northeast Georgia History Center.

All the programs are taking place at 6 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. reception, in the Cleveland Ballroom in the Martha T. Nesbitt Building.

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