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  • Conversation with Historian Allen Guelzo
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    Conversation with Historian Allen Guelzo

    Historian Gary Gallagher talked with Lincoln and Civil War scholar Allen Guelzo about his previous work on President Abraham Lincoln as well as his current project on Confederate General Robert…

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  • Abraham Lincoln and African Americans
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    Abraham Lincoln and African Americans

    Civil War scholar Jonathan White talked about how Abraham Lincoln interacted with African Americans he met during his time in office. He explained how Lincoln’s willingness to have African…

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  • Confederate General Hoods Texas Brigade
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    Confederate General Hood's Texas Brigade

    Susannah Ural, author of Hood’s Texas Brigade, talked about success of this Confederate unit despite high casualties at the Battle of Antietam. She outlined the influences that shaped the…

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  • Emancipation in Washington DC
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    Emancipation in Washington, D.C.

    Oberlin College history Professor Tamkia Nunley talked about the experiences of newly freed African Americans, particularly women, in the Washington, D.C., area following the 1862 District…

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  • Understanding the Civil War
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    Understanding the Civil War

    Historian Gary Gallagher addressed the misconceptions Americans have about the Civil War and outlined four concepts he believes are crucial in understanding the conflict. This talk was part…

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  • Insights from a Civil War Historian
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    Insights from a Civil War Historian

    William “Jack” Davis offered his insights as a Civil War historian and explained how historiography has evolved from the late-20th century to the present. He talked about the lessons he has learned…

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  • Civil War and Western Theater Tactics
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    Civil War and Western Theater Tactics

    University of Cincinnati Professor Christopher Phillips talked about the way tactics and ideologies from the Western Theater, such as guerrilla fighting, influenced other theaters of the…

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  • Causes of the Civil War
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    Causes of the Civil War

    Paul Quigley examined the various reasons for the outbreak of the Civil War and showed artifacts from the period that represent some of the causes. Mr. Quigley is the editor of the book, The…

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  • Roundtable on Theaters of War
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    Roundtable on Theaters of War

    William Kurtz of the University of Virginia talked about General William Rosecrans' career, reputation and his clashes with superiors such as General Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War Edwin…

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  • Union General William Rosecrans
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    Union General William Rosecrans

    William Kurtz of the University of Virginia talked about General William Rosecrans' career, reputation, and clashes with superiors such as General Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War Edwin…

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  • Mark Twain and Civil War Memory
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    Mark Twain and Civil War Memory

    University of Virginia Professor Stephen Cushman described how the Civil War affected the life of Mark Twain. He analyzed some of Twain’s writings to look at how the author interpreted the…

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  • Comparing Civil War Theaters
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    Comparing Civil War Theaters

    Author and historian Gary Gallagher analyzed the differences between the three major Civil War theaters. He argued that the battles held in the Eastern Theater had the greatest political and…

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  • Edward Ayers on the Civil War
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    Edward Ayers on the Civil War

    Historian Edward Ayers analyzed the difference between history and memory and discussed the important role that scholarship plays in public history. He also examined how the American public…

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  • Military History and the Civil War
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    Military History and the Civil War

    Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Kathryn Shively discussed the role of military history in the modern study of the Civil War. She also talked about how analyzing different aspects of…

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  • Southern Unionists in the Civil War
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    Southern Unionists in the Civil War

    Elizabeth Varon, author of, Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War, talked about Southern Unionists during the Civil War. She described efforts to aid the Union by Richmond spy…

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  • African Americans and the Civil War
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    African Americans and the Civil War

    Cassandra Newby-Alexander talked about her book, “Standing on the Precipice of Change: Virginia’s African American Fighters in the Civil War.” She explained the term “contraband” - often used for…

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  • Jon Meacham on the Civil War
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    Jon Meacham on the Civil War

    Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham talked about learning from history and how it can provide context for current events. He discussed his book, The Soul of America: The…

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  • Speeches and Writings of Frederick Douglass
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    Speeches and Writings of Frederick Douglass

    Yale University professor David Blight talked about the political -- and often religious -- rhetoric that Frederick Douglass used when writing or speaking about abolition and the Civil War. This…

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  • Anna Dickinson and Civil WarEra Politics
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    Anna Dickinson and Civil War-Era Politics

    University of Florida professor Matthew Gallman talked about the life of Anna Dickinson. A Quaker woman from Pennsylvania, she gained fame as an abolitionist and Republican Party lecturer during…

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  • Notable Civil War Lives
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    Notable Civil War Lives

    Historians responded to audience questions about notable figures during the Civil War era. Highlighted people included Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, abolitionist and Republican Party…

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