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Join us this Thursday evening at the Historical Society Library from 6:30-7:30, when Megan Kate Nelson will discuss her book project, “Ruin Nation: The Destruction of the South and the Making of America during the Civil War Era.” She will explain how and why Americans destroyed southern cities, plantations, forests, and men, and how both soldiers and civilians responded to these different kinds of ruins. She will also talk about the challenges of investigating the environmental history of the Civil War, and the important role the letters and diaries of New Englanders play in her research.
Megan Kate Nelson received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2002 and is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton. Her first book, Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, 2005) will be released in paperback in 2009. Nelson has received five fellowships to support the research and writing of her second book, Ruin Nation: The Destruction of the South and the Making of America during the American Civil War. Her research is funded by the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Research Award.