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  • Commemorating PostCivil War Reconstruction in National Parks
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    Commemorating Post-Civil War Reconstruction in National Parks

    Historians talked about the challenges of interpreting the post-Civil War period in the national parks and about the first Reconstruction-era monument in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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  • Voting Rights
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    Voting Rights

    Historians explored whether history impacts contemporary views on voting rights. They also answered audience questions on how to keep citizens engaged in the voting process. This discussion was a part…

    384 views
  • Reconstruction and Civil Rights
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    Reconstruction and Civil Rights

    Eric Foner talked about the challenges of establishing civil rights for freedmen in the Reconstruction period and beyond. This talk was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s annual…

    877 views
  • Legacy of Reconstruction
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    Legacy of Reconstruction

    Historians and authors talked about the legacy of Reconstruction. They speculated on Abraham Lincoln’s plans for the post-Civil War period had he not been assassinated, and they discussed…

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  • Interpreting Reconstruction
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    Interpreting Reconstruction

    Academic and public historians talked about efforts to include the history of Reconstruction in more historic sites and public literature. They described work by the National Park Service and recently published…

    998 views
  • Understanding African American Freedom
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    Understanding African American Freedom

    Panelists talked about how black Americans understood freedom through the lens of economics, marriage, and citizenship. This was part of a three-day conference, titled “The Future of the African…

    904 views
  • Discussion on Socialism in Early 20th Century America
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    Socialism in Early 20th Century America

    Columbia University history professor Eric Foner examines the rise of socialism in America in the early 20th century. He talks about the Socialist Party in New York City and Milwaukee, and…

    3,359 views
  • 150th Anniversary of Reconstruction
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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 spoke about…

    1,064 views
  • Politics of Reconstruction
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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…

    867 views
  • Underground Railroad
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    Underground Railroad

    Eric Foner spoke with Martha Hodes about his book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Professor Foner talked about Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key…

    542 views
  • After Words Eric Foner
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    After Words with Eric Foner

    Eric Foner talked about his book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, in which he examines the efforts of free blacks and white abolitionists to secure…

    1,584 views
  • Historians as Public Figures
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    Historians as Public Figures

    Panelists talked about the various ways historians are seen as public figures. They recounted their own experiences and discussed the changes in how history is consumed by the public.…

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  • The Civil War in 50 Objects Part 2
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    The Civil War in 50 Objects, Part 2

    Eric Foner talked about artifacts featured in Harold Holzer’s book, The Civil War in 50 Objects, and drawn from the New-York Historical Society’s collection. Mr. Foner wrote the…

    375 views
  • Sylviane Diouf emSlaverys Exilesem
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    Slavery's Exiles

    Sylviane Diouf talked about her book, Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons, in which she presents a history of people who escaped slavery and created self-sufficient communities in…

    1,634 views
  • The Civil War in 50 Objects Part 1
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    The Civil War in 50 Objects, Part 1

    Harold Holzer spoke about Civil War artifacts featured in his book, The Civil War in 50 Objects, which were drawn from the New York Historical Society’s collection. Objects in the collection included Confederate flags,…

    603 views
  • emFreedom Nationalem
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    Freedom National

    James Oakes talked about his book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in which he examines the efforts, ranging from the militaristic to the…

    968 views
  • Emancipation and the Great Migration
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    Emancipation and the Great Migration

    Participants talked about the Emancipation Proclamation and its impact on African American culture and society in America from the Civil War through Reconstruction, and later the Great Migration…

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  • Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
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    Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    Duke University History Professor Thavolia Glymph and University of Richmond President Edward Ayers were among the historians who explored the circumstances, outcomes, and ongoing considerations…

    876 views
  • Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment
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    Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

    From the Milwaukee meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Columbia University history professor Eric Foner, and University of Iowa history professor Linda Kerber discuss the 14th amendment…

    798 views
  • After Words with Amanda Foreman
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    After Words with Amanda Foreman

    Oxford historian Amanda Foreman reveals that many British citizens fought on both sides of the Civil War for a host of personal and political reasons. She talked about this lesser-known…

    1,973 views
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