Last April 9th, we were privileged to have Chandra Manning spend an evening with us to discuss "Causes of the Civil War and Fate of Slaves".

Chandra Manning is an American historian who specializes in 19th century U.S. History. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Chandra went on to receive her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2002. She has written several articles that have appeared in various journals and books, and is the author of the books What This Cruel War Was Over and Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War.  She is currently a full professor of history at Georgetown University where she has taught since 2005. In 2015-2017 she took leave from Georgetown University to serve as Special Advisor to the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown Prof. Manning was an assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has also lectured in history at Harvard University. She splits her time between Washington, DC and Braintree, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two sons.


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On Monday, May 21st we welcomed welcome acclaimed author, Thomas J. Whalen, who used the colorful and tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop for his book Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America. Spirit of ’67 shows how the Red Sox and Cardinals waged an epic battle for baseball supremacy that captured the imagination of weary Americans looking for escape from the urban riots, racial turmoil, and antiwar protests that were roiling 1960s society. “How many people ever do anything that makes so many people happy?” Sox pitcher Gary Bell asked years later, in reference to their classic autumn clash. The book examines the unique bond that each team had with its own fanbase, going back to each franchise’s chaotic beginning at the turn of the twentieth century. Relating issues of ethnicity, politics, class, and economics, Whalen sets out to reveal the exactly what was at stake in the 1967 fall classic, and how echoes from that unforgettable season still ring through both cities, and American culture, to this day. Our Annual General Meeting and Dinner was held at  the Granite Grill in Braintree. Tickets were $30 each and included dinner. Cash bar was available. Books were on hand for purchase and autographing.

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