Dugger Lecture to Focus on Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri, Middle Border

Phillips Christopher

Dr. Christopher Phillips

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, March 31, 2015 — “Southern Cross, North Star: The Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri and the Middle Border, 1865-1915” will be the topic when the Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture is presented April 16 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture, sponsored by the Southeast Department of History, will be delivered by Dr. Christopher Phillips, professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. The presentation is titled “Southern Cross, North Star: The Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri and the Middle Border, 1865-1915.” The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Phillips is the author of seven books and a dozen essays on regionalism, particularly as expressed in the history of the border slave states that remained in the Union during the Civil War. His latest book, “The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War on the Middle Border and the Making of American Regionalism,” will be published in October by Oxford University Press. In “Southern Cross, North Star: The Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri and the Middle Border, 1865-1915,” Phillips will discuss how — though we understand our national past and present in terms of clear physical and cultural borders between North and South — Missouri straddled both north-south and east-west borders during the war. Thus Missourians and their neighbors on the Middle Border understand their place in history as much from the aftermath of the conflict as from the Civil War itself.