President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. It declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Every advance of Union troops into the Confederacy expanded former slaves' freedom. Additionally, the Proclamation allowed black men into the military, and by the end of the Civil War almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had joined and fought for the Union cause.
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: the end of slavery in America by Allen C. Guelzo
Abraham Lincoln and the road to emancipation, 1861-1865 by William K. Klingaman
Douglass and Lincoln: how a revolutionary black leader and a reluctant liberator struggled to end slavery and save the Union by Paul Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner
Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, January 24 at 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. Copies of this month's book will be available after December 27. We will be discussing:
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:
Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo
We've got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson
The righteous mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt
Paris: a love story: a memoir by Kati Marton
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens ; foreword by Graydon Carter ; afterword by Carol Blue
The recent film Argo starring Ben Affleck tells the true but improbable story of a covert operation to save six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. The history of espionage is filled with many such hard to believe tales and the Library's collection has many great titles to pick from.
Double cross: the true story of the D-day spies by Ben Macintyre — What did a Polish patriot, a Peruvian party girl, a Serbian playboy, an eccentric Spanish chicken farmer, and a volatile dog-loving Frenchwoman have in common?
This year has seen several new films based or inspired on historical figures and events. Lincoln, Hitchcock, On the Road, Argo, and Hyde Park on Hudson are all either in theatres now — or soon will be. If you want to be an educated viewer try one of the titles below:
Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Rise to greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's most perilous year by David Von Drehle
Armchair historians can't go wrong with this diverse list of recently published biographies and histories:
Thomas Jefferson: the art of power by Jon Meacham
The man who saved the union: Ulysses Grant in war and peace by H.W. Brands
The passage of power by Robert A. Caro
- 12:00 Noon — Man of Peace in a Time of War
- 1:15 PM — King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man
- 3:00 PM — In Remembrance of Martin
Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.
Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures
Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick
Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch
Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated new film Lincoln opens on November 9. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, it is inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. The film focuses on Lincoln's final few months in office, specifically his tireless efforts to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (abolishing slavery) passed.
Step back in time as we begin the holiday season on a very entertaining note on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 PM.
Mrs. Adams in winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien
Scholastic Publishing is celebrating Clifford the Big Red Dog's 50th Anniversary. The popular childrens book series written and illistrated by Norman Bridwell now has more 100 titles and over 126 million copies in print.
Clifford's best pals by Norman Bridwell
Clifford and the dinosaurs by Norman Bridwell
It's back to school for millions of students this month. What's happening in our classrooms?
Boys and girls learn differently!: a guide for teachers and parents by Michael Gurian
Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the riverfront can expect to see the US Brig Niagara, the USS De Wert, the USS Huricane, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. The original USS Niagara was Adm. Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship during the War of 1812. The current ship was rebuilt in 1913, 1933 and 1988. Other planned events include concerts and a Red WIng alumni versus Navy personnel softball game.
The British Army at Mackinac, 1812-1815 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan; illustrated by Eric Manders