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Two talks on the Civil War era

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Two lec­tures this week in­ter­sect with re­gard to New Mex­ico his­tory and the Civil War. In the first, “New Mex­ico, Slav­ery, and the Con­fed­er­ate Cause,” Dwight Pit­caith­ley dis­cusses the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of 1860, which hinged on whether or not slav­ery would ex­pand into the western ter­ri­to­ries or be abol­ished. Pit­caith­ley is a pro­fes­sor of his­tory at New Mex­ico State Univer­sity and is the re­tired chief his­to­rian for the Na­tional Park Ser­vice and au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing The U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and Se­ces­sion: A Doc­u­men­tary An­thol­ogy

of Slav­ery and White Supremacy (Univer­sity Press of Kan­sas, 2018). He has per­formed an in-depth study of pub­lic doc­u­ments about the con­nec­tion be­tween South­ern se­ces­sion, white supremacy, and the United States’ in­sti­tu­tion of slav­ery.

In the se­cond lec­ture, his­tor­i­cal im­per­son­ator Noel Pu­gach per­forms “Lew Wal­lace: The Ad­ven­turer in Deed and Spirit.” Wal­lace, who grew up in In­di­ana and was known for es­tab­lish­ing and lead­ing small mili­tias as he be­gan his mil­i­tary ca­reer, was a Union gen­eral dur­ing the Civil War. He even­tu­ally be­came gover­nor of the New Mex­ico Ter­ri­tory from 1878 to 1881 — dur­ing which time his novel Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ (1880) was pub­lished by Harper & Brothers. — Jen­nifer Levin Friends of His­tory Lec­ture Series presents “New Mex­ico, Slav­ery, and the Con­fed­er­ate Cause,” at 12 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 3, in the au­di­to­rium at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave.). There is no charge for ad­mis­sion; seat­ing is lim­ited and au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged to ar­rive early. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to nmhis­to­ry­mu­seum.org or call 505-476-5200.

Re­ne­san In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing presents “Lew Wal­lace: The Ad­ven­turer in Deed and

Spirit,” at 1 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 4, at St. John’s United Methodist Church (1200 Old Pe­cos Trail). Ad­mis­sion is $5. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to re­ne­san.org or call 505-982-9274.

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