University of Pennsylvania historian Stephanie McCurry offers a new interpretation of the Confederacy on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
McCurry - author of Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South - contends the South sowed the seeds of its demise in creating a regime that excluded white women and slaves, which together comprised a majority of the population.
Confederate Reckoning was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, McCurry attended the University of Western Ontario and later earned her M.A. from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. A specialist in 19th century American history with a focus on the American South and Civil War era, McCurry received The John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association for her first book, Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country.
The event is co-sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of History. McCurry's talk is the keynote address for the Richard D. McKinzie Research Symposium.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.