Title: Union & Emancipation – Conflating Revolutionary Heritage with Abolitionist Practice
Presenter: Darren Barry
Description: This presentation examines Fitchburg’s powerful Unionist and emancipationist Civil War memory from 1861 to 1930. It will argue that Fitchburg’s dual memory of the war was the product of the community’s deep connection to their Revolutionary War heritage and the Abolitionist Movement of the mid-nineteenth century. The presentation will demonstrate how Fitchburg preserved a Unionist and emancipationist Civil War memory despite the nation’s deliberate whitewashing of the war’s fundamental issues of slavery and racial equality.