Where: The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Featuring: David W. Blight, Eric Foner, Edna Greene Medford, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Details: In the wake of the brutal Civil War that left hundreds of thousands dead and large swaths of the United States in physical, political, and economic ruins, one of the greatest challenges was yet to come: the reunification and reconstruction of the Union. Celebrated historians of the era reflect on the triumphs and tribulations of those fragile years, when northerners, southerners, former slaves, and slave owners alike struggled to find their place in a new America.
David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Edna Greene Medford is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Howard University, where she specializes in 19th-century African-American history. Harold Holzer (moderator) has written and edited 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, including the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize winner, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.
Cost: $44 (members $32)
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