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Dr. William W. Freehling, a noted historian and author of four books on the Civil War, gave a talk titled “Can Coincidences Change History? The Coming of the Civil War as a Test Case” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7 in the Greenwood Library. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Janet D. Greenwood Library, was preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. and followed by a book signing.

Books for sale at the event include Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 (Vol. 1); Road to Disunion: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 (Vol. 2); and The South vs. the South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War.

Freehling, a senior fellow with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, has taught at Berkeley and Harvard and held professorships or endowed chairs at Michigan State, the State University of New York, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Kentucky. He has written four books on the American Civil War, three of them prize winners. His Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina (Oxford University, 1965) was awarded the Nevins and Bancroft Prizes. He is currently working on a book about Abraham Lincoln.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2008

Time: Reception at 6:00 pm, Lecture at 7:00 pm

Location: Atrium of the Greenwood Library