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  • Slavery and Reconstruction in the West
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    Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

    University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War.…

  • Female Civil War Soldiers
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    Female Civil War Soldiers

    Public historians Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart explored the stories of women who defied cultural norms to fight in the Civil War. They also described women’s wartime work as nurses,…

  • Discussion on Why the North Won
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    Why the North Won

    Terry L. Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse talked about how the North won the U.S. Civil War, what four years of fighting left unresolved, and why the Civil War has remained so compelling.…

  • Discussion on Railroads and the Civil War
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    Railroads and the Civil War

    Christopher Gabel talked about the importance of railroads and steam-powered locomotives to the the Union and Confederate armies during the U.S. Civil War. Professor Gabel explained how railroads…

  • Union and Confederate Cavalry
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    Union and Confederate Cavalry

    Author and military history professor Louis DiMarco talked about the evolution and role of the Union and Confederate cavalries over the course of the Civil War. He compared the capabilities…

  • Submarine HL Hunley
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    Submarine H.L. Hunley

    James Speicher talked about the service, sinking, and recovery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, and the three crews who served on the vessel. The H.L. Hunley was the first-ever…

  • Lawrence Massacre and the Guerilla War
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    Lawrence Massacre and the Guerilla War

    Military history professor Tony Mullis talked about the guerrilla attack known as the Lawrence Massacre, which took place on August 21, 1863 in the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas during…

  • Vicksburg Civil War Campaign
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    Vicksburg Civil War Campaign

    Military historian Gregory Hospodor spoke about the year-long campaign by the Union Army and Navy to take Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. He talked about…

  • The Civil War Politics of the Confederacy
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    The Civil War Politics of the Confederacy

    This week on The Civil War, author and University of Pennsylvania history professor Stephanie McCurry speaks about her book, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War…

  • Battle of Gettysburg
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    Battle of Gettysburg

    Military historians spoke about the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on the 146th anniversary of the battle. They talked about the events of the battle, key leaders, and the degree to which it…