FLORENCE – The Pope’s Tavern Speaker Series features presentations about Florence’s early history from settlement through the Civil War. There will be ten presentations in the first series spanning December 2019-June 2020.

Dr. Matthew Schoenbachler, Professor of History at the University of North Alabama, will present the first talk in the series, entitled, “Slavery: the Cause of the Civil War” on December 5 at 6pm at the Museum at 203 Hermitage Drive in Florence.

Schoenbachler is a historian of the early American Republic. His publications include Murder and Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy (2009), Nikita Khrushchev’s Journey into America (2019) (co-author), and The Norton Mix: American History (2013) (co-author). Dr. Schoenbachler is currently working on projects including a history of the Andrew Jackson’s Bank War, the trans-Appalachian origins of the Jacksonian movement, and the use of cannabis in antebellum America. The presentation will last approximately 30 - 45 minutes and will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

This event is free and is sponsored by Florence Arts and Museums. Call 256-760-6439 for more information.