From the penning of Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous novel Uncle Tom's Cabin on Federal Street in 1853 to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's famous bayonet charge at Gettysburg in 1863, Bowdoin boasts well-known connections to the Civil War. In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war, two Bowdoin history alumni whose research expertise unites College history and the Civil War will return to the College to participate in a symposium exploring the relationship between the war and Bowdoin.
Kanisorn ("Kid") Wongsrichanalai, after graduating from Bowdoin in 2003 went on to receive both his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Virginia. He is now an Assistant Professor of History at Angelo State University, and teaches courses on nineteenth century U.S., slavery, and the Civil War and reconstruction. Wongsrichanalai will speak to the ways Bowdoin men in the era supported the Union through constructions of American nationalism and will discuss the themes of nationalism, duty, and northern honor.
Dave Thomson, a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Georgia, preparing a disseration on the role of religion in antebellum and Civil War America. Thomson has already published an article, entitled "Oliver Otis Howard: Reassessing the Legacy of the 'Christian General'" and has a forthcoming book on the letters of Brevet Brigadier General Charles Henry Howard with University of Tennessee Press. He will speak on the Bowdoin men who supported the Confederate cause or dissented from supporting the Union.
Sponsored by the History Department, Africana Studies Program, the Phyllis Marshall Watson Fund, and Bowdoin College Lectures and Concerts Fund.