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    Robert E. Lee and Virginia

    James “Bud” Robertson talks about Robert E. Lee’s ties to Virginia and the various military campaigns throughout the state during the Civil War. He also compared…

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    Myth of the Lost Cause

    Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by former…

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    William Tecumseh Sherman

    Robert O’Connell talked about his book, Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman. In his book, Mr. O’Connell describes General Sherman’s life as…

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    Robert E. Lee's Surrender

    Gary Gallagher talked about two questions stemming from Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox in April 1865. First, he analyzed…

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    National Reconciliation After the Civil War

    Caroline Janney talked about national reconciliation and its limits in the post-Civil War era. She argued that the Spanish-American War in 1898 bonded former white Confederates and…

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    U.S. Military Conduct in the Civil War and Reconstruction

    Professor Mark Grimsley compared the conduct of the U.S. military toward Southern civilians and Native Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction. He argued that Union troops in…

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    Black Activism During the Civil War

    Professor Douglas Egerton talked about black activism during the Civil War and into the early years of Reconstruction. He spoke about the series of conventions organized by activists…

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    Civil War and Reconstruction

    Edward Ayers talked about the end of the Civil War and the dawn of the Reconstruction era. He contended that Reconstruction began as early as the summer and fall of 1864.…

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    150th Anniversary of Reconstruction

    Historians and authors talked about the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction and examined the challenges faced in the post-Civil War era of reunifying and rebuilding the Union. They…

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    Sherman's March Through the Carolinas

    Civil War historians James McPherson, John Marszalek and Harold Holzer discuss Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s campaign through the Carolinas, which followed after his famed…

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    John Brown and the Election of 1860

    Dennis Frye talked about the reactions of both Southerners and Northerners following abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry and his resulting…

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    Battle of Chancellorsville

    Historians talked about the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863, considered to be General Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory. Initially, Union General Joseph Hooker planned to…

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    Politics of Reconstruction

    Eric Foner and Richard Brookhiser talked about the process of Reconstruction for both the national and local governments. They spoke about political party divisions of the time and the…

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    Influence of the Reconstruction Amendments

    Historians and legal scholars discuss the influence of the 13th and 14th Amendments on modern American society. These were ratified during the Reconstruction era and dealt with rights…

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    Scope of the Reconstruction Amendments

    Historians and legal scholars talked about the original intent and scope of the 13th and 14th Amendments. These were ratified during the Reconstruction era and dealt with rights for…

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    Lincoln and Kennedy Assassinations

    Author and historian James Swanson compared the assassinations of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. He described some of their personal similarities as well as the…

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    Upbringings of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

    Historian and author William Davis talks about the different upbringings of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and how their childhoods impacted their later lives. Mr. Davis…

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    Civil War's Influence on Medicine

    Shauna Devine talked about her book Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science, in which she examines the Civil War’s impact on…

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    Graves and Monuments of the Civil War

    Kirk Savage talked about the recovery, identification, and commemoration of those who died in the Civil War. An unprecedented number of American soldiers were killed in battle during…

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    African American Soldiers During the Civil War

    Hari Jones talked about U.S. colored troops and African Americans' fight for freedom during the Civil War. He argued that African Americans played a broader role in defeating the…

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