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Major Issues in Western North Carolina Topic of Civil War Round Table

Dr. Gordon McKinneyFebruary 12, 2013 - Southport, NC - "This part of the state is in deplorable condition," is part of a curious title created by the Brunswick Civil War Round Table’s March 5th guest speaker. Prolific author, educator and Civil War historian, Dr. Gordon McKinney will be on hand to discuss a number of regional, social and political issues during his presentation entitled, "This Part of the State is in Deplorable Condition: The Civil War in Western North Carolina."

Major events and issues were never-ending in this part of North Carolina during the Civil War. Begin with geographic isolation of the region; mountain politics; the impact of Confederate policies; competing loyalties; the violence among civilians, including the Shelton Laurel massacre; and, the changes to slavery as a result of the war effort. Being somewhat isolated, western North Carolina had its hands full. To sort this out in a meaningful way, the Round Table is pleased to welcome Dr. Gordon McKinney.

McKinney is a doctorial graduate of Northwestern University. During his illustrious career, he has been history professor at three universities, Director of the Appalachian Center at Berea College, Director of National History Day, and a published scholar. As a renowned historian specializing in 19th Century Appalachian history, he has authored numerous books and articles on central and southern Appalachia, including, "Zeb Vance: North Carolina's Civil War Governor and Gilded Age Political Leader," which was published this past fall by the University of North Carolina Press.

The March 5th meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30. The guest admission fee for this meeting is $5 which can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues.

For more information about the Round Table or the meeting, contact Round Table president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com.



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