Program Type:Book Discussion
Age Group:Adults (Ages 18+)
February 2023 Book: Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana, Brian K. Mitchell, Barrington S. Edwards, and Nick Weldon
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About the Book
Monumental tells, for the first time, the incredible story of Oscar James Dunn, a New Orleanian born into slavery who became America’s first Black lieutenant governor and acting governor. A champion of universal suffrage, civil rights, and integrated public schools, Dunn fought for radical change during the early years of Reconstruction in Louisiana, a post–Civil War era rife with corruption, subterfuge, and violence. But Dunn’s accomplishments, and those of many other Black politicians who emerged during Reconstruction, soon faded from memory. A graphic history informed by newly discovered primary sources, Monumental resurrects, in vivid detail, Louisiana and New Orleans after the Civil War—and presents an iconic American life that never should have been forgotten.
Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
The Nonfiction Book Discussion Group is tailored to curious readers who are interested in expanding their general knowledge of topics, writing styles, and forms across a variety of subject matters that include, but are not limited to: investigative journalism, technology, environmentalism and the outdoors, politics, science, and psychology. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend!