Legacies of the Civil War

Through book discussions, Community Issues Forums, author visits and other programs, Johnson County Library invites you to consider the Legacies of the Civil War during 2011 and 2012. The 150th anniversary provides an opportunity for us to examine how the conflict shaped our lives and our community.

Johnson County Library presents Jane Smiley
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
7 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Johnson County Library and Rainy Day Books proudly present Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, The All-true Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton and Private Life. Lidie follows a young woman and her abolitionist husband in their journey toward Lawrence, Kan., in the 1950s. When tragedy strikes, Lidie throws herself into the mania of the Border War by seeking revenge.

Johnson County Library Presents Daniel Woodrell
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011
2 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone, reads from and discusses his new book of short stories, The Outlaw Album, including the story that inspired his book Woe to Live OnWoe to Live On is a brutally realistic novel of the Kansas and Missouri Border War.  The book became the film Ride With the Devil, directed by Ang Lee.

A Johnson County Library Issues and Engagement Forum: The Border War
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Before the Civil War, a war raged on the border between Missouri and the Kansas territory that, many believe, ignited the Civil War itself. The guerilla war was fought over whether Kansas would be a slave or free state. The reality is complicated and emotions can run high. How do you think we should remember the historical events of the Border War? Join with your fellow citizens to discuss the impact the Border War has had on our identities and on our metro area, and how it should be commemorated.

Legacies of the Civil War: Why Mark Twain Matters
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
7 p.m.
Central Resource Library

One hundred years after his death, Mark Twain continues to fascinate readers and scholars to an extent unequaled by any other American writer. Mark Twain expert Martin Zehr will speak on the author's ongoing relevance in the American literature and take questions about the man and his works.

Legacies of the Civil War Book Discussion: "Private History of a Campain That Failed"
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
7 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Join patrons from around the county to discuss Mark Twain's fictionalized account of his brief and inglorious career as a Confederate irregular and deserter in eastern Missouri. He joins a ragtag band of young friends in a hopeless and comical campaign comprised mostly of retreating from the enemy.

A Johnson County Library Issues and Engagement Forum: The Kansas-Nebraska Act
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Central Resource Library

In 1854 President Franklin Pierce faced a critical choice, one that would determine the fate of his presidency and have a profound impact on the future of the United States. Should he support the Kansas-Nebraska proposal, which gave local settlers the right to determine whether or not slavery would be permitted? How would you advise President Pierce? 

Legacies of the Civil War promotional video