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Visiting professor discusses the American Civil War at LSC-Kingwood

Brian Jordan
Dr. Brian Jordan, history professor at Sam Houston State University, will discuss his book, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War” at LSC-Kingwood on Nov. 10. The presentation will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the SCC.

Veteran’s Day is a day to reflect on the military men and women who sacrificed and fought for the country’s freedom.

At Lone Star College-Kingwood, students, employees and the community are invited to presentation regarding the American Civil War and its Union veterans. Dr. Brian Jordan, history professor at Sam Houston State University, will discuss his widely-praised book, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War”. This book was the runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. The talk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center (SCC).

“We encourage anyone interested in the American Civil War, or with how the United States might consult its past in order to better solve its problems today, to attend this presentation,” said Dr. John Barr, LSC-Kingwood history professor.

Jordan’s talk will convey the ways in which the Civil War’s human demands continued beyond 1865, mocking the peace the men fought so hard to achieve. He will discuss how soldiers returned home only to fight another war for recognition, dignity and benefits.

“Previous scholars routinely suggested that Union veterans slipped into ‘hibernation’ after the war, able to consign the past to happy oblivion,” Jordan said. “I want to make it clear that this was never possible for the Union veterans. They became potent reminders of the war’s costs - despite the nation’s unmistakable desire to move on.”

Jordan will describe, through Billy Yank’s experiences, the urgent historical context to one of the major social problems facing the nation today. Paperback copies of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War” will be on sale LSC-Kingwood’s bookstore. The author will also have hardback copies for sale at a discounted price.

“This topic is important because once again, we are living in the shadow of a long and painful war - and without any real answer to the dilemmas of demobilization and reintegration,” Jordan said.

For more information on this presentation, email Dr. John Barr at John.M.Barr@LoneStar.edu.

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