An (Un)Civil Action: A closer look at violence in Massachusetts history
In October of 1859, John Brown organized a raid on Harper's Ferry Armory in hopes of sparking a slave rebellion. He was funded, in part, by Massachusetts citizens. Mass Humanities' Massachusetts History programming marks this 150th anniversary with programming that addresses the question of civic violence – violent action in support of an idea, however good or bad, and somehow related to the role of the citizen, the format of the civitas, and/or the social order.
November 14, 2009
An (Un)Civil Action? Springfield and the Revolutionary Model of Armed Resistance, 1787-1859
Davis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield
35 people joined us for a discussion of violence, arms, citizenship, and. The program featured excerpts from the documentary, John Brown's Holy War, and a special guided tour of the Springfield Armory with information about Daniel Shays armed attack on the U.S. arsenal in Springfield.
November 21, 2009
An (Un)Civil Action? Violent Politics in 1920's Worcester
Testa Science Center Auditorium, Assumption College, Worcester
35 people joined historian John McClymer for a discussion program of civic violence in American politics, also featuring excerpts from the documentary, "John Brown's Holy War" and discussion of Brown's choice for armed conflict.
February 27, 2010, 1 - 4 pm
An (Un)Civil Action?: Violent Conflict during the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence
Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA
65 people joined historians Robert Forrant and Jim Beauchesne for an introduction to the Great Strike of 1912 and a tour of selected locations. Then, viewed excerpts from the documentary film, John Brown's Holy War, followed by a discussion of Brown's choice for armed conflict. View photos of that event on Flickr. Click here for more details.
For more information on An (Un)Civil Action, email Pleun Bouricius or call (413) 584-8440.