An odd pattern in old court records has revealed a financial conspiracy at the beginning of the Civil War. Planters in the border state of Missouri had bet on the South's victory, but the scheme they devised had backfired.
The resulting collateral damage to the state’s pro-Confederate citizens set off a series of worsening consequences that ultimately cost thousands of people their property and many, their lives.
John W. Kluge Fellow Mark W. Geiger will tell how he pieced together the story, which resulted in his award-winning book, "Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Warfare in Civil-War Missouri."
Thursday, November 3, 12 noon - 1:00 p.m., Library of Congress, Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, DC. Information: 202-707-7678.
The talk is cosponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free; no reservations or tickets are required. Request ASL and ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.
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