By Karen Hatchett
The Civil War was a radical game-changer. It redefined the concept of war, the meanings of freedom and citizenship, the scope of national identity and collective memory, our ideas and rituals of death, the future of race relations, and the lives and roles of women. While men ruled the battlefield and political enclaves, Southern women – both black and white – struggled to find their way in an altered social hierarchy and economic reality.
Through original music, dance and spoken word, contemporary jazz tap dancer and folklorist Germaine Ingram, violinist Diane Monroe, and bassist Jacqueline Pickett will explore the impact of war on enslaved and white women at this crucial point in the conflict. Their performance will pose questions about how Atlanta’s women of 1864 responded to the expectations, demands, and sacrifices that the war imposed on them; what impact the war had on their sense of protection, dependence and power; how their attitudes toward racial and social inequality were hardened or transformed; and how they envisioned their future in a new social, economic, and political landscape. Integral to the evening will be how audience members’ ideas and opinions about these questions are illuminated by live performance, how they shape our memory of the past and understanding of the present.
The performance will take place at the Cyclorama, located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children (4-12). More information about this event and other July events can be found at atlantacyclorama.org.