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Name Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley
Email dwightpitcaithley@comcast.net
Website http://www.cr.nps.gov/history
Phone 505/541-5994
Office Phone 202/354-2214
Address 804 Canterbury Arc
Las Cruces, NM  88005
US
Biographical Info Dwight T. Pitcaithley is College Professor of History at New Mexico State University. He retired in 2005 from the National Park Service as Chief Historian, a position he held from 1995 until 2005. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians and the James Madison Prize from The Society for History in the Federal Government. He was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow for several years and appointed a Distinguished American Scholar by the Fulbright New Zealand Board of Directors in 2000.
Program Title NEW MEXICO AND THE COMING OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
 
Program Description As the U.S. Civil War approached, wrangling in Congress over how slavery should be handled in the West led Representative Thomas Corwin to observe after Lincoln's election that New Mexico was "the great battlefield on which the South and North meet in wicked, foolish, fratricidal strife." This presentation traces the role the New Mexico Territory played in the sectional conflict of the 1850s leading to secession and war.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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