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The Hammer and the Anvil

The Book

book coverIn The Hammer and the Anvil, author Dwight Jon Zimmerman and artist Wayne Vansant recreate the turbulent era of American history that culminated in the Civil War through the lives of two pivotal figures: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Douglass, an escaped slave and brilliant orator, railed against the inequities of human bondage, while Lincoln used his time as a state legislator to try to curb the westward expansion of slavery.

Although the two men had their differences, they had experiences in common as well, and were ultimately united by the same cause. Their dynamic personalities, motives and efforts are skillfully portrayed in this engrossing historical graphic novel.

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Related Events

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Abolitionists, Sanitary Commissioners, and Writers: North Shore Women of the Civil War
Friday, October 10, 2013
@10:30 a.m.
Women’s history scholar Bonnie Hurd Smith tells the stories of North Shore women who worked and did their part to leave behind a legacy of honor and service.

Beyond Pension Files!
Discover Your Civil War Ancestors in Federal Publications & Documents

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
Librarian and genealogist Connie Reik presents an illustrated talk about federal documents from and about the Civil War. Learn about a broad spectrum of resources, some of which she used to uncover a story about one of her own ancestors.

Local Boys Off to War
Thursday, October 10, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
Hear about the experiences and lives of area soldiers during the Civil War as revealed in primary source materials. Presented by local historian, author and teacher Scott Jewell.

Looking Deeper
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
Join us as Kevin O’Reilly (of History Fair fame) moderates a lively panel discussion exploring the themes of the exhibits with Dr. David Goss from Gordon College and Salem State University’s Dr. Bethany Jay.

Letters of Pvt. Ira P. Knowleton
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
Preserved in a small metal box for decades, Ira’s detailed letters describe the adventures, and some horrors, of his enlistment. Presented by historian and author Annette Janes with Butch Crosby, President of the Hamilton Historical Society.

Lives of Civil War Soldiers & Civilians
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
South Coast Historical Associates takes us into the lives of everyday soldiers and citizens of the Civil War. Using replica firearms and original artifacts such as medical devices, battle flags and everyday items, experience an interactive and engaging program for ages 10+ and adults.

Slavery to Freedom: Blacks in Early Beverly
Thursday, October 24, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
Since the early 18th century, both slaves and free blacks have been part of Beverly history. Beverly Historical Society’s Terri McFadden will share their stories gleaned from personal accounts, court records and city documents.

~ Special Extended Hours ~
Sunday, October 27 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The library will be open for a special presentation...

Civil War Photography in 3-D
Sunday, October 27, 2013
@7:00 p.m. with John Wojtowicz
The Civil War represents the first generation of photojournalism. Photo gallery exhibitions brought the war home to people like never before, and had a significant impact at the time. Did you know that many famous pictures were shot with stereo cameras? See them as they were meant to be seen!

Word Bubbles and Thought Balloons:
The Graphic Novel as an Art Form

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
@7:00 p.m.
Montserrat College of Art professors Adam Miller and Blyth Hazen present a brief history of comics and graphic novels, followed by a survey of the artistic styles and subgenres - from fantasy to autobiography and historical nonfiction - that make up this growing and evolving art / literary form. The presentation ends with examples of their work and process from their own studios, leaving time for Q&A about how to develop a graphic novel from idea to finished product.

~ Special Hours ~
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Library will close at 5:00 to convene at Gordon College...

Keynote Speaker for 2013 Community Read
Dwight Jon Zimmerman
Ken Olsen Science Center, Gordon College, Wenham, MA
Thursday November 7, 2013
@6:30 p.m. Reception
@7:30 p.m. Dwight Jon Zimmerman's Author Talk
No living person has experienced the tragic loss of life, heart-rending decisions and dark days of the American Civil War. Dwight Jon Zimmerman, acclaimed military expert, award-winning author and radio show host, uses his extensive research on Douglass and Lincoln to shed light on our complex past, and invites dialogue about what divides and unites our nation 150 years later.

Learn More About the Author

Anita SilveyDwight Jon Zimmerman is an award-winning author and producer who has written extensively on military-history subjects for American Heritage, the Naval Institute Press, Vietnam Magazine, and numerous military-themed publications, including one previous work of collaboration with renowned illustrator Wayne Vansant: The Vietnam War: A Graphic History.

Zimmerman lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brought To You By...

Major funding by the Library of America, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Modified 8/22/2013