Author Nelson Johnson to Lecture at Bayshore Center

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The Bayshore Center at Bivalve Speakers Series will host New York Times bestseller historian and author Nelson Johnson on Thursday, May 24th. 

Nelson is slated to lecture on the unkept promises following the American Civil War as well as President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Nelson Johnson is best known for his books Boardwalk Empire and The Northside. He will be at the Bayshore Center to discuss the Freeman’s Bureau that was created several weeks prior to the end of the Civil War.

The Bureau was created to help freed slaves in multiple ways, to find family members who they had been separated and reconnect, teach them to read and write, and serve as legal advocates.

But with the adoption of the “Black Codes” by southern states, a lack of funding by Congress, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, Congress abandoned the Freeman’s Bureau in 1872.

Johnson will discuss the long-lasting consequences that came from breaking the promise made to freed slaves.

The lecture is free while the reception plus the lecture is $20. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. and the reception starts at 6 p.m.

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