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Twelfth Annual Abbeville Summer School: The War for Southern Independence

July 20, 2014 - July 25, 2014

$907 – $1217

THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE

After the War, a defeated South explained to the world that it fought against overwhelming odds for national independence. The “Myth of the Lost Cause,” fashionable among academic historians, teaches there were no good reasons to secede; that Southern society had nothing worth defending; that Southerners did not fight heroically for national independence but were seduced by a slave holding elite, and they eventually gave up; Lee and Forrest were not great generals. The whole thing was treasonous, immoral, and pathetic.

This ideological account tells us a lot about academic history today. It perversely dismisses the testimony of those who seceded and fought the war. About a quarter of Confederate generals were born in the North or in Europe. What was it about this society that led so many Northerners who had been in the South for any length of time to support the Confederacy? Why did so many Southerners leave valuable property and offices in the North to defend this society? What motivated so many Catholics, Jews, and the Indian tribes of the West to fight for the Confederacy? Gain a clearer picture of this society through profiles of its women and clergy and the quite different kind of America it was building.

TOPICS

The Jeffersonian Character of the Confederate Constitution
Profiles of Southern Women
Confederate Catholics
Confederate Jews
Confederate Indians
Admiral Raphael Semmes
Northern Resistance to the War
The Southern Conception of Honor

FACULTY

Clyde Wilson
Bill Wilson
Donald Livingston
James Kibler
Michael Kogan
Mark Baxter
Karen Stokes
Anne Bowie
Kathleen Hines
Steven Vanderlip

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, JULY 20
4:00-6:00 (Registration and all lectures are in the Temple)
6:00-7:00 Supper (All meals in the cafeteria)
7:00- 8:30 “The War for Southern Independence: Unsurpassed Valor and Devotion, Part I,”
Clyde Wilson
8:30- Conviviality

MONDAY, JULY 21
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 “The War for Southern Independence: Unsurpassed Valor and Devotion, Part II,”
Clyde Wilson
10:00-11:30 “What They were Fighting For: The Confederate Constitution, Part I” Donald Livingston
12:00-1:00 Dinner
1:00-4:00 Free Time
4:00-5:00 “What They were Fighting For: The Confederate Constitution, Part II ” Donald Livingston
5:15-6:15 “Two Citizenships: The South as a Christian Civilization,” Karen Stokes
6:30-7:30 Supper
7:30- Conviviality

TUESDAY, JULY 22
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 “Jewish Contribution to the Confederacy,” Michael Kogan
10:30-11:30 “A Feudal Society Without a Feudal Religion, Catholics and the South” Anne Bowie
12:00-1:00
1:00-4:00 Free Time
4:00-5:00 “Native American Confederates,” Steven Vanderlip
5:15-6:15 “Women and the Confederacy,” Kathleen Hines
6:30-7:30 Supper
7:30- Conviviality

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00- Departure to tour the submarine, CSS Hunley and visit Charleston.
5:30- Meet for supper in Charleston at Carolina Yacht Club, 50 E. Bay Street. We are the guest of Club member Prof. James Rembert who will talk after supper on “Probity and Guile: Prelude to the Battle of Fort Sumter.” The fort is in view of the Yacht Club.

THURSDAY, JULY 24
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9;00-10:00 “Southern Honor,” Bill Wilson
10:30-11:30 “Admiral Raphael Semmes and the Confederate Navy,” Mark Baxter
12:00-1:00 Dinner
1:00-4:00 Free Time
4:00-5:00 “Language: South and North,” James Kibler
5:15-6:30 Seminar
6:30-7:30 Supper
7:30- Conviviality

FRIDAY, JULY 25
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
Departure

PLACE

St. Christopher Conference Center on the beachfront of beautiful Seabrook Island near Charleston, S.C. We will take a tour of the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship.

COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

Tuition, room, three meals a day and continuous refreshments for five days is $907 for a single and $1217 for a double. Scholarships are available for high school seniors, college and graduate students who are encouraged to apply.

Please make checks payable to Abbeville Institute, P.O. Box 10, McClellanville, SC 29458. If you cannot attend please consider making a donation to help fund a student by check or through pay pal at www.abbevilleinstitute.org.
INQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS: [email protected] or (843) 323 0690.

Organizer

Don Livingston
Phone:
843-323-0690
Email:
contactus@abbevilleinstitute.org
Website:
www.abbevilleinstitute.org

Venue

St. Christopher Conference Center
2810 Seabrook Island Rd
Johns Island, SC 29455 United States
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Phone:
843-768-0429
Website:
www.stchristopher.org/
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