How did Shirley Temple help Americans during the Great Depression? What was the South’s secret weapon during the Civil War? Internationally recognized scholars from the National Humanities Center will answer these questions and others during Perspectives on History, a lecture series that examines history in new and innovative ways.
This free series begins Feb. 9 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and a reception follows each program.
To register, call 919-807-7847.
The lectures are presented by fellows from the National Humanities Center. Each year the National Humanities Center, located in Research Triangle Park, admits a select group of fellows, who pursue their work while contributing to the center’s environment of intellectual discourse. The series is sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Associates.
“This collaboration with the National Humanities Center gives the Museum of History the opportunity to provide museum visitors access to cutting-edge research that is presented in an engaging manner by outstanding scholars,” says B.J. Davis, Education Section Chief at the N.C. Museum of History.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming programs. Parking is free for the evening lectures.
Rethinking Slavery and Freedom in Early Virginia and the British Atlantic
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Dr. Holly Brewer, N.C. State University
Brewer will discuss how the struggle between English authorities and colonists in the 1690s over issues of sovereignty, such as the powers of owners over slaves, helped shape the same debates about justice that propelled the American Revolution a century later.
Brewer teaches early American history; intellectual, cultural and legal history; and comparative history at N.C. State University. She is currently writing a book on the ideological origins of slavery in early Virginia and the British Empire and a book on the transformation of the common law of domestic relations in the early modern period in England and America.
Her book By Birth or Consent: Children, Law and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and UNC Press (2005), received several prestigious awards. Her article “Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia” (1997) was awarded the 1998 Clifford Prize and the 2000 Douglass Adair Memorial Award.
The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America
Tuesday, March 16
Dr. John Franklin Kasson, UNC-Chapel Hill
Shirley Temple was one of the most famous movie stars of the 20th century. Kasson will examine the child actor’s popularity and its paradoxes in the context of the Great Depression.
Kasson has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1971. He has received numerous honors, awards, and fellowships. His research has been persistently concerned with the rich variety of American cultural expression in a dynamic society.
Kasson’s books include Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in America, 1776-1900 (1976); Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (1978); Rudeness and Civility: Manners in 19th-Century Urban America (1990); and Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America (2001). He is currently writing a book on the place of children in the changing financial and emotional economies of the 1930s.
The South’s Secret Weapons: Disease, Environment and the Civil War
Tuesday, April 13
Dr. Margaret Humphreys, Duke University
Confederate leaders hoped that fevers in the South would become potent weapons should Union forces invade, thus decimating their ranks. Humphreys will explore the role of disease in the Civil War and its relationship to the Southern environment.
Humphreys, a Ph.D. and M.D., is Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University. She is the author of Yellow Fever and the South (1992) and Malaria: Poverty, Race and Public Health in the United States (2001), books that explore the tropical disease environment of the American South and its role in the national public health effort. In 2008 Humphreys published Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War. She teaches the history of medicine, public health, and biology at Duke, where she also edits the Journal of the History of Medicine. Her current research project concerns the impact of the Civil War on American medicine.
For more information about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol.
The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is free. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The department’s Web site is www.ncculture.com.