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Clara Barton at Andersonville
March 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm| Pay-What-You-Please
Clara Barton played an important role in one of the most infamous prison camps of the American Civil War – Andersonville.
Historian Mary Kate Robbett will discuss Clara Barton and her relationship with the infamous Confederate prison in Georgia at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM.
The current historiography on Civil War prisons discusses Andersonville’s uses and meanings during Reconstruction, but offers only passing mention of Barton. Robbett’s presentation will look at the ways Barton’s public work fits into the larger story of Americans’ memories of Andersonville as well as Barton’s contributions to the postwar conversation and rhetoric about the treatment of POWs.
Mary Kate Robbett is a PhD student at Northwestern University. Her studies focus on nineteenth-century U.S. history, with a particular interest the intersections of sociocultural and military history. Prior to attending Northwestern, she worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and received her master’s degree in Museum Studies at George Washington University.