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JUL 27

National Civil War Museum Lessons in History Speaker Series with Dr. Mary DeCredico

Please join Dr. Mary DeCredico, Professor of History, United States Naval Academy as she presents "Manufacturing for our Masters: Slave Labor, the Tredegar Iron Works and the Confederate War Effort".

When Virginia seceded and joined the new established Confederate States of America it brought to the Southern war effort one of the most important and significant war industries: the Tredegar Iron Works. Presided over by Joseph R. Anderson, the Tredegar was essential in making the Confederacy self-sufficient in military hardware by 1863. Critical to the Tredegar's success was its African American slaves. After the 1862 Conscription Act, the Tredegar became even more dependent on slave labor. In a war where ironies abounded, these African American workers forged the weapons, artillery pieces and iron plate that help keep them enslaved.

About the speaker: Mary A DeCredico is a Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught since 1986. DeCredico's specialty is the Civil War era and the Confederacy. Her first book, Patriotism for Profit: Georgia's Urban Entrepreneurs and the Confederate War Effort (University of North Carolina Press) received the Museum of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Award in 1991, for outstanding scholarship on the Confederacy. Dr. DeCredico has been awarded the Department of the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal twice and the Department of the Navy's Superior Civilian Service Metal twice. She was also chosen as one of 36 individuals to be recognized by the Secretary of the Navy to be profiled in a special exhibit celebrating the Navy and diversity at the Pentagon in 2012.

This 2019 Lessons in History program is FREE to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

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