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  • Robert E Lees Treason and War Crimes Indictment
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    Robert E. Lee's Treason and War Crimes Indictment

    Author and historian John Reeves discussed his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee, which recounts the June 1865 indictment against the General Lee and other Confederate leaders for…

    1,249 views
  • Civil WarEra Women in the Federal Workforce
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    Civil War-Era Women in the Federal Workforce

    Jessica Ziparo, author of This Grand Experiment, talked about the experiences of women who worked for the federal government during the Civil War. She described the types of jobs they did,…

    306 views
  • Discussion on Civil War Solders Letters
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    Civil War Soldiers' Letters

    John Emond read letters from ordinary Civil War soldiers, placing the letters in the context of the war as well as the soldiers' daily lives, which he says were defined by personal…

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  • Discussion on Washington DCs Civil War Forts
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    Washington's Civil War Forts and Parks

    Panelists talked about the development of Washington, D.C.'s, Civil War forts, their role in the war, and their ensuing transformation into the public parks and cultural resources known as…

    682 views
  • emThis Republic of Sufferingem
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    This Republic of Suffering

    Drew Gilpin Faust talked about her book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. In her book Professor…

    1,759 views
  • Death in the Civil War White House
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    Death in the Civil War White House

    Catherine Clinton talked about how both President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis suffered the loss of a child in their respective White Houses and how it impacted…

    364 views
  • emJunius and Alberts Adventures in the Confederacyem
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    Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy

    Peter Carlson talked about his book, Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey, in which he recalls the capture of journalists Albert Richardson and Junius…

    442 views
  • Knights of the Golden Circle
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    Knights of the Golden Circle

    David Keehn talked about the secret society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle that sought to establish a slave empire spanning the southern United States, Mexico, Cuba, and the West…

    1,082 views
  • emAt the Edge of the Precipiceem
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    At the Edge of the Precipice

    Robert Remini, historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, presents a history of the Compromise of 1850 brokered between the North and South by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay. The Compromise was born from a debate between…

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  • 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…

    967 views
  • AfricanAmerican Troops in the Civil War
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    African-American Troops in the Civil War

    This week on “The Civil War,” author William Dobak discussed his book, Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867, which examines how African American troops were used to…

    634 views
  • Civil War Battlefield Medicine
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    Civil War Battlefield Medicine

    George Wunderlich talked about medical practice during the Civil War. He said the assumption that Civil War battlefield medicine was simplistic at best is often an inaccurate portrayal. and the conflict…

    1,058 views
  • Britains Response to the Emancipation Proclamation
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    Britain's Response to the Emancipation Proclamation

    Amanda Foreman talked about the international response to the Civil War, particularly by Great Britain. She is the author of A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided. Ms. Foreman responded to questions…

    1,075 views
  • Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis
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    Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis

    When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, he admitted that he knew “little about ships.” Yet the first military crisis he faced prior to the start of the Civil War occurred in the Charleston Harbor at…

    951 views
  • President Lincoln and Southern Civilians
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    President Lincoln and Southern Civilians

    Professor Burrus Carnahan addressed the charge currently prevalent in some circles that President Lincoln was a war criminal, primarily due to the suffering of civilians during the Civil War. He examined changes…

    457 views
  • Civil War Political Cartoons
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    Civil War Political Cartoons

    Historians discussed insights into what Americans thought about the Civil War and how they participated in the politics of the day that are revealed by magazine and newspaper cartoons. Examples of Union and…

    2,639 views
  • The Home Front of the Civil War
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    The Home Front of the Civil War

    Professor Gary Gallagher moderated a roundtable discussion on how the Civil War impacted everyday life of American families and households, as well as America’s industry and agriculture. The panelists also responded to…

    2,551 views
  • Making the Civil War New
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    Making the Civil War New

    Edward Ayers gave a talk “Making the Civil War New.” He included pictures from a celebration in Richmond, Virginia, for the centennial of the Civil War and views from University of Richmond Web sites as he talked…

    666 views
  • The Nation Before and After the Civil War
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    The Nation Before and After the Civil War

    Professor Eric Foner moderated a roundtable discussion on the state of the nation before and after the Civil War and the creation of a new social, political, and economic order. The panelists also responded to questions from…

    1,363 views
  • International Implications of the Civil War
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    International Implications of the Civil War

    Edward Ayers moderated a roundtable discussion on the international implications of the Civil War, including diplomatic negotiations and naval conflicts. The panelists also responded to questions from members of the audience.…

    706 views
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