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March 29, 2011

BSC to observe 150th anniversary of Civil War with prize-winning historian George Rable

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— On April 12, Lincoln Prize-winning historian Dr. George C. Rable will keynote Birmingham-Southern's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Rable

The event, co-sponsored by the BSC Library and Department of History, will be held at 11 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium on the campus.

Rable's speech "Was the Civil War a Holy War?" is inspired by his latest book, God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War. The momentous four-year struggle, which began with the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, shaped the destiny of Alabama and the nation.

"The talk will examine how Americans used religious faith to explain and understand the war," says Rable, "and how they saw providence and sin in everything from battles to slavery."

Rable is Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama. The author of five books, his 2003 Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! won the Lincoln Prize, the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, and the Jefferson Davis Award—all given for the finest scholarly works on the Civil War.

"George Rable stands at the pinnacle of Civil War historians," notes BSC Associate Professor of Library Science Guy Hubbs. "God's Almost Chosen Peoples was only published a few months ago, and it has already started winning awards. I agree with those who call it Rable's masterpiece."

Rable is the product of a liberal arts education having received his undergraduate degree from Bluffton College in Ohio. He went on to earn master's and doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University. A professor of History at the University of Alabama since 1998, Rable recently was selected to deliver the prestigious Fleming Lecture in 2014.

The event is free and open to the public. God's Almost Chosen Peoples will be available for purchase and for the author to sign afterward. For more information, you may contact Hubbs, who is coordinating the event, at 205/226-4752.

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