LOCK HAVEN - Annie Halenbake Ross Library is proud to present Dr. Robert Sandow, commonwealth speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 21.
He will speak about the Civil War and "the widespread and sometimes violent opposition to the Civil War by people in the Appalachian lumber country of northern Pennsylvania."
"Many are unaware that this sparsely settled region was home to divided communities that provided a safe haven to the opponents of the war and deserters from the Army, prompting federal officials to lead a military expedition in 1864," Sandow.
This program is being brought to Clinton County by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization inspiring individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning and by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Sandow grew up in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where family trips to its famous battlefields sparked a lifelong passion for Civil War history. Sandow completed a Bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in 1992 before earning a Ph.D. in 2003 from the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University.
His research specialties include the northern home front during the Civil War, with particular interest in issues of dissent, partisan politics, and opposition. He is currently an associate professor of History at Lock Haven University, where he teaches classes on American History up to the Civil War, Military History, Modern Japanese History, and introductory courses on Public History and Museum Studies.
Dr. Sandow recently published a monograph entitled Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians, by Fordham University Press in April 2009. He also is Book Review Editor, Civil War History.