Southern MD Civil War Round Table Film Series

November 14, 2017

Come out and join us for the third season of Civil War films from 4:25pm – 6:45pm, prior to the regularly scheduled Round table meeting tonight.  Movies will be shown at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.  Admission is free!

Tonight’s Feature:  The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Set against the antebellum South, this update of the infamous film of 1915, written and produced by Nate Parker, follows Nat Turner (played by Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves.  As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

The 2016 film uses the same title as “D.W. Griffith’s 1915 KKK propaganda film in a very purposeful way”, said TheHollywood Reporter.  Parker has said his film had the same title “ironically, but very much by design”. According to the filmmaker, Nate Parker, “Griffith’s film relied heavily on racist propaganda to evoke fear and desperation as a tool to solidify white supremacy as the lifeblood of American sustenance.  Not only did this film motivate the massive resurgence of the terror group the Ku Klux Klan and the carnage exacted against people of African descent, it served as the foundation of the film industry we know today.  I’ve reclaimed this title and re-purposed it as a tool to challenge racism and white supremacy in America, to inspire a riotous disposition toward any and all injustice in this country (and abroad) and to promote the kind of honest confrontation that will galvanize our society toward healing and sustained systemic change.”

November 2017 Southern MD Civil War Round Table

November 14, 2017

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  David Dixon

David Dixon

Few remember Edward Everett’s oration that preceded Lincoln’s masterpiece, but hardly anyone is aware of Kentucky native Charles Anderson’s oration, which concluded the day’s events. The speech was never published and the lost manuscript only recently uncovered at a ranch in Wyoming.  Join us as David Dixon introduces us to this unknown treasure.

Review: “The Lost Gettysburg Address”

In his book, Mr Dixon argues that the three featured speeches need to be viewed as a rhetorical
ensemble to better understand the political context of the Gettysburg dedication.

The back story to this is the saga of Charles Anderson himself, a slaveholder who sacrificed nearly everything to help Lincoln save the Union. An escapee from a Confederate prison in Texas, he became Lincoln’s emissary to Great Britain; then nearly died commanding a Union regiment at Stones River. He helped defeat notorious Copperhead Clement Vallandigham and eventually became governor of Ohio. These are just some of his amazing adventures during the war.

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table invites all to attend this lecture about one of the lesser known events that occurred on one of the most important and significant days in American history! Attendance is free for all, but membership is recommended.  For information, contact the Round Table’s president, Ben Sunderland at bsunderland@socwrt.org or 443-975-9142.