Prof. David Koch at the sit of Pickett's Charge in GettysburgCIVIL WAR TOPIC OF HCC TALK
Feb. 11 at 3 and 7 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT – Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address and the Transformation of the Civil War will be the subject of a talk Feb. 11 at Housatonic Community College.

The talk, the first this year in HCC’s Contemporary Issues series, will focus on how the Civil War began as a constitutiona conflict but ended as an effort to abolish the institution of slavery. The speaker will be HCC professor David Koch, who regularly speaks on historical topics as public libraries in the area.

“It is a well-known fact that Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist, and in fact, resisted efforts to push emancipation through both political and military means,” Koch said. “He also advocated repatriating freed slaves to Africa, even those whose families had been in the country for over 200 years.”

However, his attitude evolved until, by the end of the war, he was considered an advocate of awarding civil rights to freed slaves, especially those who had served as soldiers,  Koch said.

“He is thus a perfect reflection of the transformation that took place over the four years of the war, which began as a legal battle over the inviolability of the Union and ended up a crusade to purge the nation of its greatest sin, slavery.” he said.

Koch’s talk will present three documents- the Crittenden Resolution, the Gettysburg Address, and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and discuss how this transformation could be seen in both national and personal terms.

Koch has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage. He has also lectured for organizations across the country and in Europe on such topics as Civil War battles, politics in the Civil War, medicine in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s life and political activities, and slavery and the American Experience.

He has given specialized presentations on the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the Battle of Gettysburg, and Connecticut in the Civil War.

Koch’s talks, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards of I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.