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  • Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War
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    Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War

    Art historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil War. She talked about the influence of paintings, sculptures and memorials on how history…

  • emThe Tubman Commandem
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    The Tubman Command

    Elizabeth Cobbs talked about her book, The Tubman Command: A Novel, in which she recounted Harriet Tubman’s service as a nurse, spy, and cook, for the Union Army during the Civil War.

  • International Perspectives on the Civil War
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    International Perspectives on the Civil War

    Historian Paul Quigley talked about international perspectives on the U.S. Civil War. He argued that the South’s separatist movement aligned with other European movements for independence…

  • Myth of the Lost Cause
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    Myth of the Lost Cause

    Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by former…

  • Discussion on Shermans March to the Sea
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    Sherman's March to the Sea

    Jeff Shaara talked about the key actions and decisions of the commanders on both sides of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea, including Grant, Sherman, Johnston,…

  • Discussion on the Battle of Cedar Creek
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    Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek

    Warren Perry talked about the Battle of Cedar Creek, which took place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in October 1864. The battle was fought between Confederates under General Jubal Early and…

  • The Secret Plot Against Lincoln
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    The Secret Plot Against Lincoln

    Daniel Stashower talked about how Allan Pinkerton, the founder of America’s first detective agency, uncovered and foiled a secret plot to murder Abraham Lincoln as he passed through Baltimore en…

  • Civil War Naval Actions and Affairs
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    Civil War Naval Actions and Affairs

    Historian and author Craig Symonds talked about the various naval aspects of the Civil War, from technological developments to the battles themselves. Topics included the Union blockade and the…

  • emGettysburg A Testing of Courageem
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    Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage

    Mr. Trudeau talked about his book, Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage, published by HarperCollins. In it, the author examines the three-day battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863. In this…

  • emThe Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedomem
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    The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom

    Professor McPherson talked about the Civil War, the causes of secession and the reasons for the Union’s victory. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for History, his book Battle Cry of Freedom was…