Dr. David Miller Next to Speak During the “Remembering the Civil War” Series at Rancho Los Cerritos

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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement, a four-part Saturday morning lecture series featuring renowned scholars who bring unique insights to this tumultuous era.

On March 21st, the series continues with Dr. David Miller’s lecture, “’A thralldom grievous and intolerable’: Slavery, the American Civil War, and the Legacy of Race.” Dr. Miller will explore issues of race in the Civil War and its aftermath. He will show how the War and Reconstruction left a profound racial inequality in its wake and will consider the implications of that legacy today.

According to Miller, “slavery, as a labor and political issue, was the central cause of the American Civil War. And because slavery had become explicitly racialized by the late 17th century, the Civil War necessarily included issues of race. Emancipation and the 15th Amendment ended slavery but left many questions unanswered, especially in terms of labor and politics. The post-war Reconstruction era was then a period of conflict as Americans attempted to resolve those lingering questions.“

David Miller teaches at the University of San Diego offering courses that include the History of Race and Ethnicity, The American Civil War and Reconstruction, the Civil War in Popular Culture, and the Civil War in Film.

The series continues on April 18th with Dr. Glenna Matthews’ “The Civil War and the Birth of Modern California,” followed by Dr. Todd W. Wahlstrom’s lecture, “North and South to the Border: Yankees, Confederates, and Mexico after the Civil War” on May 16th.

Lectures begin at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes, including time for audience questions. Admission is $7, $5 for students with I.D., and is payable at the door. Seating is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. The series is part of an ongoing effort by the Rancho to present low cost and free programming that expands understanding of California history for area residents. To register, and for more information, please call 562-206-2040.

About Rancho Los Cerritos:
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. The Rancho is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call (562) 206-2040, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rancholosc.

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