CSU, Chico News

Civil War Historian to Speak on Emancipation Oct. 12

Date: 09-23-2015

J. Paul DiMaggio, School of the Arts

Robert Tinkler, Professor of History

City University of New York professor James Oakes will deliver the 15th annual Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture at California State University, Chico on Monday, Oct. 12. Oakes’ talk is based on his recent book, “Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865” (W. W. Norton, 2013), which won the 2013 Lincoln Prize for the best scholarly book on the Civil War era.

CSU, Chico History Department Chair Stephen Lewis said, “We are especially pleased to have Professor Oakes, a distinguished historian of emancipation, to deliver the Cowden Lecture this year because 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, which formally ended African American slavery in the United States.”

A specialist in the history of slavery, the American South, and the Civil War era, Oakes is the author of five major books as well as numerous influential articles and essays. Among his works is another Lincoln Prize winner, “The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics” (W. W. Norton, 2008).

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Monday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Performing Arts Center Room 134 (Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall) on the CSU, Chico campus. A free public reception in Trinity Hall 100 immediately follows.

The Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture honors the memory of a longtime CSU, Chico faculty member and History Department chair. A specialist in the antebellum and Civil War history of the U.S., Cowden was known for her dedication to advancing the life of the mind and her high quality teaching. Shortly before her death on April 19, 2001, her book, “Heaven Will Frown on Such A Cause as This: Six Democrats Who Opposed Lincoln’s War,” was published.