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Date:
October 1, 2018
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Hampton History Museum
Address:
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Contact:
757-727-1102
Cost:
Museum members free, non-members $5
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Dreams of War and Peace: The Remarkable Night Life of Civil War Americans

Monday, October 1, 2018

Join Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American Studies at CNU, as he explores “Dreams of War and Peace: The Remarkable Night Life of Civil War Americans” The Civil War placed new and unique strains on nineteenth-century Americans, and their nightly visions reflected those hardships. Sometimes the war intruded on people’s slumber, vividly bringing to life the horrors of the conflict. For others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime. In this talk, professor White will explore what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans, and how their dreams reveal that generation’s deepest longings—their hopes and fears, desires and struggles, and guilt and shame. When Americans recorded their dreams in their diaries, letters and memoirs, they sought to make sense of the changing world around them, and to cope with the confusion, despair, and loneliness of life amid the turmoil of a war the likes of which they had never imagined.

Join Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, as he explores “Dreams of War and Peace: The Remarkable Night Life of Civil War Americans,” on Monday, October 1, 7-8 pm.

The Civil War placed new and unique strains on nineteenth-century Americans, and their nightly visions reflected those hardships. Sometimes the war intruded on people’s slumber, vividly bringing to life the horrors of the conflict. For others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime.

In this talk, professor White will explore what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans, and how their dreams reveal that generation’s deepest longings—their hopes and fears, desires and struggles, and guilt and shame. When Americans recorded their dreams in their diaries, letters and memoirs, they sought to make sense of the changing world around them, and to cope with the confusion, despair, and loneliness of life amid the turmoil of a war the likes of which they had never imagined.

Jonathan W. White is the author of several books, including "Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep and Dreams during the Civil War." After his talk, he will sign copies of his book which is available in the gift shop for $34.95--members enjoy a 10% discount!

Museum members free, non-members $5

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. 
For more information call 757-727-1102.

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