Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum History Conversation Series

The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African-American Experience

The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum presents its History Conversation Book Series!

Suggested donation $5 or $17 for entire series

Tickets available in advance at


Call 717-339-1300

Delve deeper into the lives and characters of some of the most well known people of the Civil War era and meet and mingle with popular authors and historians.  Enjoy conversation in the historic Schmucker House on Seminary Ridge.

Sunday, January 25, 2014 at 3 P.M. in the Schmucker House located on the corner of Seminary Ridge and Springs Avenue.  

The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African-American Experience with author Samuel Black

African Americans were active participants in their quest for freedom, nationhood, and self-determination before, during, and after the Civil War. The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience goes beyond the battlefield or usual Civil War history with eight essays covering civil rights, emigration, abolitionism, armed resistance, service in war, and more.

It treats the war with circumspection from a point of view that defined the conflict as a war over slavery and the opportunity to liberate the masses of Africans from bondage. That view did not see the war as an opportunity to restore the Union but to build a new Union that included freedom for all — the enslaved and free.