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Lincoln's Legacy of Equality: Voices on the Fringe

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Week 1: Tulsa June 2-6 at OSU-Tulsa
Week 2: Enid June 9-13 at Museum of the Cherokee Strip, Heritage Village
Week 3: Lawton June 16-20 at Lawton Public Library

Workshops - noon and 5:30 pm in Room 150 OSU-Tulsa Campus
Evening Performances - 7:30 pm under the white tent at OUS-Tulsa Campus

Tulsa Schedule for Workshops and Performances

Tuesday, June 2
Noon Workshop: Dr. Carrol Peterson - The Mourning After: The Concept of "The Good Death" and Whitman's "Come Up From the Fields Father"
The first portion of this workshop will be a presentation of the concept of "the good death," as presented in Drew Gilpin Faust's 2008 book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. The group will be invited to an open discussion of the concept and how it was altered by the war. In the second part of the session, copies of Whitman's poem "Come Up From the Fields Father" will be distributed. The poem will be read aloud, and a comparison made between it and Faust's ideas.
5:30 pm Workshop: Dr. Doug Mishler - Jefferson Davis and His Slaves - An Unusual Story
Participate in the discussion of race in the South, and how Davis's relationship with blacks and slaves was marked by some very unusual circumstances.
7:25 pm: Meet your Chautauqua Scholars for the week
7:30 pm: Ilene Evans as Harriet Tubman
Watch a portion of Ilene Evans as Harriet Tubman from Tulsa Chautauqua.

Wednesday, June 3
Noon Workshop: Ilene Evans - Harriet Tubman and The Port Royal Experiment
This is a high energy participatory creative workshop that involves the participants in a delightful blend of historical imagination and narrative. Participants will be actively involved in inquiry and problem solving through taking on the roles of various people who really lived through the times of the Civil War in South Carolina along with Harriet Tubman. The workshop examines different points of view during 1863 through the eyes of the people on the ground. Scenarios for characters include the battlefield at Charleston Harbor, the field hospital at Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard, and the celebration of the Emancipation in Beaufort, SC. Particular attention will be paid to women and the Civil War.
5:30 pm Workshop: Charles Everett Pace - Frederick Douglass: Manhood and Black Soldiers in the Civil War
Central to Frederick Douglass's idea of liberation was the concept of "black manhood" in the fight for freedom. When President Abraham Lincoln agreed to allow black men to enlist in the Union army, Douglass served as a recruiter for the Massachusetts 54th and 55th Regiments. This session will explore the obstacles that black recruitment had to overcome among white Union soldiers and the general public (both white and black). We will also explore the circumstances that led to Douglass having second thoughts about his success in recruiting black soldiers, including his own three sons.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Dr. Michael Hughes as John Ross

Watch a portion of Dr. Michael Hughes as John Ross from Tulsa Chautauqua.

Thursday, June 4
Noon Workshop: Dr. Michael Hughes - The Five Tribes in the American Civil War
The "Five Civilized Tribes" removed to present day Oklahoma were bitterly divided during the Civil War and as nations suffered far worse than the United States or the Confederacy. This brief overview explores how these Indian nations were drawn into a war not their own and how they took part in several important battles.
5:30 pm Workshop: Ilene Evans - Music, Medicine, and Healing in the Civil War
This workshop will explore some of the music during the time of the Civil War. Come ready to sing. Participants will join in song, anthems, hymns and chants from the period. We will also look at some recipes for food and medicinal use, the effect of sound in healing, mental health and endurance. The workshop reveals a picture of the field hospitals, battle weary, and wounded in their struggle to come back to life. Men and women suffered and left their voices in the land along with their blood. Few really talked about the sound of the field after battle and the internal scars that it left. We will sing some of their songs to honor them.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Dr. Carrol Peterson as Walt Whitman

Watch a portion of Dr. Carrol Peterson as Walt Whitman from Tulsa Chautauqua.

Friday, June 5
Noon Workshop: Dr. Carrol Peterson - Whitman's poems on Lincoln
The session will begin with a reading aloud of "Oh, Captain! My Captain!" and portions of "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." This will be followed by an examination of the texts and a group discussion of Whitman's views on American optimism and the tragedy of Lincoln's death. Since Americans are now intensely focused on politics and the national economy, the group discussion may turn to the recurrent mixture of hope, dissatisfaction, and disappointment in American political life.
5:30 pm Workshop: Dr. Doug Mishler - Was Jefferson Davis Always an American Patriot?
This workshop will discuss the division over the civil war - how the north and south became two separate nations and how Jefferson Davis personified the division as he went from fierce patriot to rebel - or did he?
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass

Watch a portion of Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass from Tulsa Chautauqua.

Saturday, June 6
Noon Workshop: Charles Pace - Warrior Women in the Life of Frederick Douglass
"...I have done very little in this world in which to glory, except this one act - and I certainly glory in that. When I ran away from slavery, it was for my people; but when I stood up for the rights of women, self was out of the question, and I found a little glory in the act." - Frederick Douglass, 1888
I have always been struck by this quote of Douglass. Our question in this session will be just who were the women influences in the life of this remarkable man? My research reveals that in his life, private, personal, professional and public, women- domestic and foreign, black and white,- were major influences in making Frederick Douglass the man that he was.
5:30 pm Workshop: Dr. Michael Hughes - The Western Frontier during the American Civil War
Some of the most fascinating and little known fights during the American Civil War took place on the far western frontier. This workshop briefly covers the inspiration for Clint Eastwood's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," the true story of Cochise, and the many controversies over the "Sand Creek Massacre."
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Doug Mishler as Jefferson Davis

Watch a portion of Doug Mishler as Jefferson Davis from Tulsa Chautauqua.

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