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  • ExConfederates and PostCivil War Pardons
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    Ex-Confederates and Post-Civil War Pardons

    Author and former jurist Frank Williams looked at the question facing Union leaders in the post-war era: Should ex-Confederates receive pardons? He discussed President Andrew Johnson’s lenient…

  • Ulysses S Grants Memoirs
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    Ulysses S. Grant's Memoirs

    John Marszalek, editor of an annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs, discussed Grant’s process for writing, his relationship with Abraham Lincoln and why he focused on the Civil…

  • Lincoln and the Fugitive Slave Act
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    Lincoln and the Fugitive Slave Act

    Andrew Delbanco is the author of The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. He talked about Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts…

  • Battle of Gettysburg and Its Consequences
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    Battle of Gettysburg and Its Consequences

    Historian Edward Ayers talked about the Battle of Gettysburg and its consequences. He described how people in the surrounding areas might have experienced the battle and the logistics of…

  • Discussion on Grant and Lincoln
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    Discussion on Grant and Lincoln

    Authors Charles Calhoun, Jonathan White, and John Marszalek discussed the leadership of Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln.

  • Abraham Lincolns Enemies
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    Abraham Lincoln's Enemies

    Scholars talked about people who disliked and opposed Abraham Lincoln during his presidency, including members of his own cabinet. This discussion was part of the annual Lincoln Forum…

  • Freedmen During Reconstruction
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    Freedmen During Reconstruction

    Historians talked about what life was like for Freedmen after the Civil War and the overall successes and failures of Reconstruction. They spoke about educational opportunities, land…

  • Reconstruction After Lincolns Assassination
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    Reconstruction After Lincoln's Assassination

    Frank Williams talked about politics and culture after President Lincoln’s assassination and the Reconstruction Era that followed. This talk was part of the annual Lincoln Forum Symposium.…

  • Upbringings of Ulysses S Grant and Robert E Lee
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    Upbringings of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

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

  • President Lincoln Funeral Reenactment
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    President Lincoln's Funeral 150th Anniversary

    American History TV presented live coverage from Springfield, Illinois, on the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s funeral. Coverage included a reenactment of the funeral procession…

  • Discussion on Mathew Brady and Civil War Photography
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    Mathew Brady and Civil War Photography

    Robert Wilson, author of Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation, talked about Brady’s photography before the Civil War and and how it changed in the following years. He also talked about the…

  • Discussion on the Presidential Campaign of 1864
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    Presidential Campaign of 1864

    Panelists talked about factors that had an impact on President Lincoln’s re-election campaign in 1864. They spoke about President Lincoln’s expansion of presidential war powers and his relationship…

  • Mary Todd Lincoln Reconsidered
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    Mary Todd Lincoln Reconsidered

    Frank Williams talked about Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and how historians have remembered her. Many historians disagree about Mary Todd Lincoln, some calling her corrupt and mentally…

  • Conduct of the Civil War in 1861
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    Conduct of the Civil War in 1861

    Lincoln and Civil War scholars debated why the Civil War didn’t end in 1861, the year that it began. They discussed why the numerous advantages of the Union did not bring the war to a swift conclusion. Topics included…

  • 150th Anniversary of President Lincolns Grand Review
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    150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Grand Review

    The 150th anniversary of the November 20, 1861 “Grand Review” by President Lincoln of some 70,000 Union soldiers at Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, was commemorated with a re-enactment on…

  • Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee
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    Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

    Professor William Davis talked about Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee, and the roles they assumed into and through the Civil War. He responded to questions from members of the…

  • President Abraham Lincoln and Leadership
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    President Abraham Lincoln and Leadership

    Geoffrey Perret talked about President Lincoln as a leader, and compared Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, and John F. Kennedy. Following prepared remarks, he responded to…

  • Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided
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    Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided?

    One hundred and fifty years after the outbreak of the Civil War, a panel of historians debated whether or not the war could have been avoided. They also responded to questions from members of the audience. Frank…

  • emThe New York Timesem and the Silent PresidentElect
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    The New York Times and the Silent President-Elect

    On the 150th anniversary of the election of the 16th president, historian Harold Holzer spoke about President-Elect Abraham Lincoln’s strategic silence during what was known as “The Secession Winter.” From Election Day until…

  • emMr Lincolns TMailsem
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    Mr. Lincolns T-Mails

    Tom Wheeler talked about his book Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War, published by Collins. Mr. Wheeler, a leader in the telecommunications…

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