Coffee and Conversation: The Emilie Davis Diaries
“To day has bin the most exciting day I [have] witnessed. Refugees are coming from all the towns this side of Harrisburg.”
—Emilie Davis diary entry, June 29, 1863
Join the National Constitution Center for an interactive workshop with Judith Giesberg, associate professor of history at Villanova University. Educators, members, and history buffs are invited to explore the diaries of a young African-American woman living in Philadelphia during the Civil War.
As we prepare to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, experience the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania through the eyes of Emilie Davis. Her pocket diaries are now transcribed and annotated online at davisdiaries.villanova.edu. Teaching materials are available online and at the workshop to bring this engaging resource into the classroom.