The Roots of Division in America

The Roots of Division in America

The Roots of Division in America

Pulitzer-winning historian David Hackett Fischer will examine the cultural origins of divisions currently plaguing America in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. ‘Roots of Our Geographic and Political Divide’ is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library hosts First Wednesdays talks in Manchester.

Hackett Fischer will explain the astonishing tenacity, even in our multicultural nation, of the social and political cultures that different early British immigrant groups brought to different regions – cultures that underlie our fractured political landscape today. Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, Hackett Fischer is recipient of many prizes and awards for his teaching and writing. He is also the author of numerous books, including ‘Washington’s Crossing,’ which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history; ‘Champlain’s Dream,’ which won McGill University’s Cundill Award; and ‘Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies,’ a comparative history of the United States and New Zealand.

Manchester Community Library is underwritten by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, Spiral Press Café and Vermont Renewable Fuels. Call MCL at 802-362-2607 or visit vermonthumanities.org for further information.

Speaker to Look at Racial Issues

Douglas Blackmon, a Pulitzer-winning historian and filmmaker, will speak about and offer a sneak peek of his documentary, ‘The Harvest’ in a talk at Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester, on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. His talk, ‘Race at Ground Zero: Integration in Leland, Mississippi,’ is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is rescheduled – on a Tuesday – from February. It is free and open to the public.

‘The Harvest’ looks at the failure of public school integration and its relation to our nation’s current racial turmoil, as seen through the eyes of people born in 1964 in Blackmon’s hometown of Leland, Mississippi, the state’s first students to attend integrated classrooms from K to 12. Blackmon will share clips from his film and discuss the story behind it. He has written extensively over the past 25 years about the American quandary of race; exploring the integration of schools during his childhood in a Mississippi Delta farm town, lost episodes of the Civil Rights movement and how a contemporary society can grapple with a troubled past. He is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of ‘Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,’ and the host and executive producer of American Forum, a weekly public affairs program broadcast weekly on PBS stations across the US. He also produced the blockbuster PBS documentary based on ‘Slavery by Another Name.’ Before 2012, Blackmon was a bureau chief and senior national correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about or directed coverage of some of the most pivotal stories in recent American life, including the election of President Barack Obama, the rise of the tea party movement and the BP oil spill.

Call MCL at 802-362-2607 or visit vermonthumanities.org for more information.

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