Bruce Catton: Civil War and Civil Rights
June 13, 2013, 7-8pm at Mills Community House, Benzonia. In his 2011 landmark study of the Civil War Centennial, American Oracle, David Blight took fellow Michigander Bruce Catton to task for his troubling omission during the heart of the civil rights movement of the African-American dimension to the conflict. Jack Dempsey, former chair of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, will present a spirited defense of America's greatest Civil War historian and put Catton's work in a more balanced framework. Jack Dempsey is author of the 2012 Michigan Notable Book Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice. He and his brother Dave co-authored the 2013 Michigan Notable Book Ink Trails: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors. For info contact Louis Yock, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Benzie Historical Museum at 231-882-5539.