Book Talk: Searching for Freedom after the Civil War
The public is invited to a talk by Guy W. Hubbs, author of Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, and Freedman, on Tuesday, January 26 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.
In Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, and Freedman, Hubbs uses a stark and iconic political cartoon to illuminate postwar conflicts over the meaning of freedom in the American South.
The cartoon first appeared in the Tuskaloosa Independent Monitor, published by local Ku Klux Klan boss Ryland Randolph, as a swaggering threat aimed at three individuals. Hanged from an oak branch clutching a carpetbag marked “OHIO” is the Reverend Arad S. Lakin, the Northern-born incoming president of the University of Alabama. Swinging from another noose is Dr. Noah B. Cloud—agricultural reformer, superintendent of education, and deemed by Randolph a “scalawag” for joining Alabama’s reformed state government. The accompanying caption, penned in purple prose, similarly threatens Shandy Jones, a politically active local man of color.
Using a dynamic and unprecedented approach that interprets the same events through four points of view, Hubbs artfully unpacks numerous layers of meaning behind this brutal two-dimensional image.
Guy Ward Hubbs is a professor emeritus, reference librarian, and archivist at Birmingham-Southern College. He is the editor of Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr and the author of Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community.
The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah.
Last Updated: January 25, 2016