The American Civil War and Reconstruction radically reshaped the political, economic, and cultural fabric of southern states. Alabama, and the city of Montgomery, served as the early seat of Confederate government. The state remained a source of manpower and commanders throughout the war. Florida, meanwhile, was the third state to secede from the Union. Florida became a central supply for beef and salt. The state’s expansive coastlines resulted in blockade runners that fought to shift material and men around the Union’s blockade.
The Florida Humanities Council and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, with generous support from the HTR Foundation, are partnering to create a five-day workshop exploring the Civil War’s impact on Florida and Alabama. Educators from both states will experience an active combination of lectures and discussions with experts, and field excursions to relevant historical sites. Participants will tour Mobile’s Civil War architecture and examine manuscripts from the era; visit Pensacola’s antebellum sites, like Arcadia Mill; and explore Blakely State Park, site of the last major battle of the Civil War.
The workshop will begin mid-afternoon Monday, June 18, 2018 and end mid-afternoon on Friday, June 22, 2018.