General History 2018

 

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME -  please contact Caroline or Alison via the group email contact  

THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 - Part 2 
Monday 8th January at Tesco Kidderminster, we had excellent presentations from Bob Brown & Dennis James on The Russian Civil War and a lively discussion - thank you.
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 - Part 3 
Monday 12th February at St George's Hall, Bewdley - Ann Murrell gave a fascinating insight into Grigori Rasputin. We then watched the final part of the fascinating Channel 5 TV documentary film "The Russian Revolution in Colour" starting from 11 November 1918 through the third revolution. We then had a group discussion on Ann’s research and the film with all the groups researchers present. Followed by an update on room hire and trips next meeting and preferred meeting places after May 2018.
Sunday 18th March 2018 Alison Barsby secured sufficient seats on the Whittle Bus & Coach Day Trip to Greenwich in London where the WRNS anniversary expo is which U3A members have contributed to. Alison for details. There was no March meeting due to the visit
No April meeting due to the trip being postponed
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY- PART 1
Monday 14th May 2pm – 4pm at Cookley Village Hall,  Lea Lane, Cookley, DY10 3RH - Showing part of 1861 of Ken Burns The Civil War ‘The Causes’ - A big thank you to Anne Kraemer for leading the May meeting and starting us off so well with the American Civil War & Slavery, really interesting & enjoyable.
Some suggested reading. There are so many history books but these are more related ones about the subject:

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael J. Walsh £2.32 on Amazon Kindle at 15 May

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston

The Invention of Wings Paperback by Sue Monk Kidd

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe on Amazon Kindle £1.41 the unabridged version at 15 May

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history) by James M. Mc Pherson Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History published 1990

Check out: www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/slavery-united-states
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY- PART 2
Monday 11th June 2pm to 4pm at our new group home Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley  DY12 1EU we watched the second part of The Ken Burns film The Civil War covering Traitors and Patriots 12th April to July 1861 including the first battle at Fort Sumter. Group volunteers did excellent presentations on:
 
Where did the slaves come from? Vincent O'Callaghan

Underground, helping slaves move to the North. Sue Clarke

 

The historical influence of the UK re the introduction of slavery into America Dennis James

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, its influence on the war / public opinion Lin Roberts

WORCESTERSHIRE CHARTISTS COTTAGES 
Sunday 1st July  A big thank you to  Alison Barsby for arranged a fascinating visit and guided walk around Rosedene a simple red brick Victorian cottage built for Chartist members as part of the innovative Chartist Land Plan Chartist Land Planwith a talk for the group from the National Trust volunteers. Very enjoyable, interesting and sunny!
 
AN AUDIENCE WITH HENRY VIII
 

Friday 27th July - prebooked visit to Blakesley Hall. Shared cars.  A few places left on the 12:30 visit. Book directly with Birmingham Museums on 0121 348 8263 at £7 per person if you do not have tickets. A very good performance and visit.  

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM DAY TRIP - POSTPONED to 2019
Sunday 12th August - leaving Kidderminster at 8am a day trip group members only using cars 12 group members have signed up to visit the American Museum nr Bath car sharing we have five voluntary drivers Anne K, Dennis & Caroline, Glenise & Alison to get us all there so 18 of our group members could go. The proposal is that as it will take 2 hours drive each way approx 180 miles round trip so where 4 are in a car the passengers pay the drivers £10.25 each direct as a voluntary contribution to the costs. Meeting at the car park at Brintons Park Kidderminster ready to leave by 8am please. We have booked 5 parking spaces at the museum. I will not be collecting any money as we can pay entry on arrival £11 pp for seniors.
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY- PART 3
Monday 10th September - 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley  DY12 1EU
We listened to a fascinating audio clip from Jim Thompson on Slavery and how the slaves used music to communicate
Members contributed their own research and thoughts on: 'The importance of music to the slaves & indentured' Caroline O'Callaghan  'President Abraham Lincoln' Alison Barsby
'General Robert E Lee (for the South)' Ann Murrells
'General U Grant (for the North)' Denis James
And there was a lively discussion.
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY - PART 4 
Monday 8th October 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU - our third part of The Ken Burns film The Civil War covering 1865 "The Better Angels of Our Nature" up to 
Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings.
 
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
 
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
 
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."
DENNIS PLANT SPEAKING ON THE ORIGINS OF WW1
Monday 12th November 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU
 
The catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4th August 1914.
 
Dennis Plant gave a group of 30 a timely talk on the origins of the First World War and there was a fascinating question & answer and discussion session. Thank you to Dennis and everyone who took part.
NO DECEMBER MEETING due to the   VISIT TO  BIRMINGHAM - FACE OF SUFFRAGE AND VISITING THE 19TH CENTURY BACK TO BACK HOUSES

Friday 7 December 2018 

 

A happy, healthy and blessed Hanukkah, Saint Nicholas Day and Christmas Day, Hogmanay & St Sylvestre to all our members see you Monday 14 January 2019