This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley Evening Lecture/Seminar Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Code: 1CV012 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text African American Union soldier with family, 1863 (Library of Congress) During the Civil War, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was the site of fierce conflicts, both on and off the battlefield. The region’s strategic location meant that enslaved and free African Americans navigated a borderland that changed hands frequently—where it was possible to be in Union territory one day, Confederate territory the next, and no-man’s land another. Author Jonathan Noyalas continues the story and reveals the challenges African Americans faced from former Confederates during the Civil War Era. Drawing on untapped primary resources, including records from the Freedmen’s Bureau and contemporary newspapers, he examines how the region’s enslaved population resisted slavery and supported the Union war effort by serving as scouts, spies, and laborers, or by fleeing to enlist in regiments of the United States Colored Troops. He traces their actions, which were shaped uniquely by the volatility of the struggle in this region, to ensure that the war’s emancipationist legacy would survive. Noyalas is an historian and director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. His book Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era (University Press of Florida) is available for purchase. Book Sale Information Purchase your hardcover copy of Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era by Jonathan Noyalas here. Note: A paperback copy is also available. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. General Information View Common FAQs and Policies about our Online Programs on Zoom.