“The Choked Voice of a Race, at Last Unloosed”: African Americans and Civil War Music

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Special Programs Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Brown Bag Program presented by Christian McWhirter 

One of the most fascinating, yet forgotten, stories of the Civil War is its impact on African American music. Always central to African American culture, songs became key tools for slaves, soldiers, and freedpeople expressing their desire for freedom and seeking to change white perceptions of their intelligence and patriotism. While these efforts were not always successful, the war nevertheless fundamentally changed African American music as it became a key element in their fight for freedom. 

Christian McWhirter is the Research Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He is the author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War as well as articles and reviews in various publications. He holds a doctorate in history from The University of Alabama. 

bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.* For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. 

*The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St. 

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