Freedom Symposium . . .
Lay Down My Burden: Freedom and Legacies of the Civil War
A Conference to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that “all persons held as slaves” within the states in rebellion “are, and henceforward, shall be free.” The step came just over three months after the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, issued on September 22, 1862, by the commander-in-chief following a major victory in the field, the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862. The 1863 proclamation changed the nature of the war. From that point on, every advance of Union troops expanded the domain of freedom. At the same time, it is important to understand that enslaved persons before and during the war took actions that directly impacted their liberty, escaping from their captors or, in some cases, simply walking away. Freedom and its ramifications shed light on the war and on modern American history.
The conference brochure (PDF) outlines registration, the agenda, and lists the presenters, moderators, and hosts.