Presentation on theme: "Civil War and Emancipation Studies at Temple presents its Tenth Anniversary Underground Railroad & Black History Conference “The Birth of the United States."— Presentation transcript:
Civil War and Emancipation Studies at Temple presents its Tenth Anniversary Underground Railroad & Black History Conference “The Birth of the United States Colored Troops at the 150 th Anniversary Addressing Issues of Enslavement, Abolition, The Civil War, Reconstruction, Freedom and Preservation of History February 6, 2013 3:00-6:00 pm Temple University Main Campus Walk Auditorium – Ritter Hall 13 th & Montgomery Streets Philadelphia, PA, 19122 Co-sponsoring Institution: Temple University History and African American Studies Departments Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library The General Meade Society of Philadelphia The Civil War History Consortium of Philadelphia Registration is Free and Open to the Public Authors’ book signings The 3 rd U.S.C.T. Regiment Reenactors will be doing Civil War era demonstrations and answering questions in the foyer outside Walk Auditorium during and after the sessions.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Temple University Main Campus 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction A. Waskie, Ph. D. N. Anadolu-Okur, Ph.D. 3:15 - 4:00 Session 1 - “The Birth of the United States Colored Troops” (U.S.C.T.) Prof. James Paradis, Arcadia University 4:00 - 4:15 Question and Answer Session 4:15 - 4:30 Break - Display and Demonstrations in the Lobby 4:30 - 5:15 Session 2 -“Camp William Penn – Largest of the Training Camps of the U.S.C.T. Units.” Prof. Don Scott, Author and Journalist 5:15 - 5:30 Question and Answer Session 5:30 - 6:15 Session 3 - “3 rd U.S.C.T. Regiment, the First Unit to the Front.” Mr. Joe Becton, Historian, National Park Service 6:15 - 6:30 Question and Answer Session Final Remarks and Awards presentation Program JAMES PARADIS teaches at Arcadia University and Doane Academy where he is Dean of the Upper School and has taught history for over 25 years. He has authored two books. His doctoral dissertation at Temple University became "Strike the Blow for Freedom: The 6th United States Colored Infantry in the Civil War." His second book, "African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign," with foreword by Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service, was published by Scarecrow Press in 2005.An expanded edition was released in September 2012. Dr. Paradis has served for many years on the Board of Directors of Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott, which preserves the site of Camp William Penn, the first and largest training camp for Black soldiers during the Civil War. He served as historical consultant and narrator for the documentary film, "Black Soldiers in Blue: The Story of Camp William Penn," released in 2009. In 2011 the NAACP of Cheltenham, PA awarded him a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions preserving African American history. DONALD SCOTT is a history columnist for the Journal-Register Co. and an assistant professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia. He has written two history books focusing on Camp William Penn as well as the history of the township where he resides, Cheltenham, a northwest suburb of Philadelphia, Pa. and has contributed to other publications. A graduate of Cheyney (formerly the historic Institute for Colored Youth) and Columbia universities, Scott has written about a variety of African-American history, archaeology and genealogy topics for such national magazines as America’s Civil War, Everton’s Family History and American Visions, as well as regional newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Tribune. As a history columnist for the Journal- Register Co., Scott has often focused on black genealogy, such as investigating and writing about the ancestry of modern descendants of United States Colored Troops (USCT) soldiers who fought during the Civil War, black families with roots to colonial America and beyond, as well as his own family history with Gullah origins on St. Helena Island off the coast of South Carolina and Abbeville County in that state. JOE BECTON was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and attended Philadelphia public school and earned Associate Degrees in Social Work and Social Science at the Reading Area Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts in History Education at the University of West Florida. He served in the Marine Corps. Joe plays 18th, 19th and 20th century music and instruments from the electric guitar to the glass armonica. He has performed at festivals, colleges and clubs across North America. Becton is presently the leader of the Cobalt Blues Band. Presently he is the Founder and Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services. He worked as a Park Ranger Supervisor at Independence Park. He was the Director of Visitor Services at Historic Fort Mifflin. He holds membership in the Association for the Study of African- American Life and History and in the Pennsylvania Historical Society. Becton is the co-founder of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War reenactors, and the First Rhode Island Regiment American Revolutionary war reenactors. He has taught a class on Africans and Civil War in Philadelphia at the public library and hosted a segment on radio A.M. called "Champions of Freedom.” Speakers