Foothills Civil War Roundtable Set for Monday, Feb. 27

February 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

The next meeting of the Foothills Civil War Roundtable will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, February 27 in the Sansbury Campus LIfe Center featuring speaker Dr. Michael Bonner, assistant professor of history at USC Lancaster.

Bonner will be speaking about the Confederate Political Economy: Creating and Managing a Southern Corporatist Nation, 1861 – 1865 based on his latest book of the same name. “In Confederate Political Economy, Michael Bonner suggests that the Confederate nation was an expedient corporatist state—a society that required all sectors of the economy to work for the national interest, as defined by a partnership of industrial leaders and a dominant government… Bonner’s probing research and new comparative analysis expand our understanding of the complex organization and relationships in Confederate political and economic culture during the Civil War.” Dr. Bonner is also the co-editor of South Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras, and is past president of the South Carolina Historical Association.

The cost to attend is $20 per person for the social and dinner. Tickets are $5 for the program.

What is the Foothills Civil War Roundtable?  Civil War Roundtables exist all across the country.  The first one was organized in Chicago in 1940. They may not be commonly known to the public due at least in part to the fact that there is no national office or program to promote them.  Good ideas and initiatives are often imitated, and this is the case with these roundtable groups.  The Foothills Roundtable was organized in September 2004. The name was selected to promote inclusiveness and ownership to all people in the Upstate and surrounding region who might have an interest in this topic, the organization or its programs. The event transferred to the USC Upstate Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies and its Spartanburg campus in the summer of 2016.

Programs are wide-ranging and focused on any topics pertaining to this period of history as they might relate to the Civil War itself.  Membership is open to anyone regardless of race, creed or sex. Anyone with an interest in this topic or this period of history is welcome to participate.

You may contact Bonnie Werlinich Event Coordinator for the History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies Department at (864) 503-5219 or bwerlini@uscupstate.edu with any questions.