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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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    Recruiting African-American Soldiers During the Civil War

    Hari Jones talked about the actions and strategies employed by African Americans in their struggle for freedom, from slave rebellions in the 1830s to enlistment in the Union Army during the…

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    Global Perspectives on the American Civil War

    Don Doyle talked about his book, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, about how the U.S. Civil War was viewed around the world and the perspectives…

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    1861 Washington Peace Conference

    Mark Tooley talked about the background and goals of the various peace delegates who met in Washington, D.C., in 1861 to try to avert the Civil War following Abraham Lincoln’s…

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    Freedmen's Bureau

    Emmanuel Dabney talked about the extensive records of the Freedmen’s Bureau and what they reveal about the lives of former slaves. He also described how the bureau issued food…

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    Formation of the Lost Cause

    Phillip Greenwalt talked about how Southerners coped with the loss of the Confederacy following the Civil War. He argued that many of their writings served as the foundation of the…

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    Lesley Gordon on the Andersonville Prison Commemoration

    Professor Lesley Gordon talked by video from the Andersonville National Cemetery in Georgia, where she had just given an address at a funeral service for the over 12,900 Union prisoners who…

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    Andersonville Prison Commemoration

    A “Funeral for 13,000” was held at the Andersonville National Cemetery to remember the Union soldiers who died in captivity there during the Civil War. Keynote speakers…

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    Eric Leonard on the Andersonville Prison Commemoration

    Eric Leonard talked about the prison, officially named Camp Sumter, in Andersonville, Georgia, where over 12,900 Union prisoners died during the Civil War. He spoke by video from the…

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    Evaluating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

    Public historians and authors talked about the obstacles and successes of remembering the Civil War on its 150th anniversary, and how it compared to earlier anniversary…

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    Bayonet Usage During the Civil War

    Dana Shoaf talked about the history of the bayonet as a weapon and how changes in gun technology affected its use and practicality during the U.S. Civil War. He also described the…

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    Battle of Mobile Bay

    John Quarstein talked about the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864, and the roles played by Union Rear Admiral David Farragut and the Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan. The…

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