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The public is invited to a book talk Michael Fitzgerald, author of "Reconstruction in Alabama: From Civil War to Redemption in the Cotton South" Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Reconstruction in Alabama offers a new look at the process of rebuilding Alabama following the Civil War. Fitzgerald analyzes the differences over slavery, secession, and war that divided Alabama’s whites, mostly along the lines of region and class. He examines the economic and political implications of defeat, focusing particularly on how freed slaves and their former masters mediated the postwar landscape. 

Michael W. Fitzgerald, author of three books including "The Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change during Reconstruction" and "Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890," earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a professor of history at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St., Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah