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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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  • 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 what we can learn from history and how it can provide context for current events. He discussed his book, “The Soul of America: The…

    539 views
  • 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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  • 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…

    325 views
  • 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…

    323 views
  • 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…

    146 views
  • USS Monitors Wartime Service Sinking and Recovery
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    USS Monitor's Wartime Service, Sinking, and Recovery

    John Quarstein is director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center and author of “The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad.” He discussed the Monitor’s famous battle against the…

    224 views
  • Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
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    Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

    Jake Wynn is the director of interpretation at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington, DC. He talked about the life of Clara Barton, whose work as a field nurse during the Civil War…

    57 views
  • emForce and Freedomem
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    Force and Freedom

    Wellesley College Africana Studies Professor Kellie Carter Jackson provided a history of the use of violence by black abolitionists. She was joined in conversation by New York University…

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  • Gunpowder Manufacturing Between 185065
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    Gunpowder Manufacturing Between 1850-65

    West Point history instructor Major David Lambert discussed how gunpowder was outsourced and manufactured in the mid-19th century. The New York Military Affairs Symposium hosted this event.

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  • Photographs of Antietam Battlefield
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    Photographs of Antietam Battlefield

    Stephen Recker is creator of the book, Rare Images of Antietam - And the Photographers Who Took Them. Mr. Recker talked about how he became interested in collecting photographs of the…

    563 views
  • Abraham Lincoln Politics and the Supreme Court
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    Abraham Lincoln, Politics, and the Supreme Court

    Rhodes College Professor Timothy Huebner described how Abraham Lincoln changed the Supreme Court during his presidency. He also analyzed the question of whether Lincoln “packed the court.”…

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  • Slavery to Freedom at Appomattox
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    Slavery to Freedom at Appomattox

    Appomattox Courthouse is commonly known as the site of General Lee’s surrender to General Grant and the end of the Civil War. Chief of Education Ernie Price talked about life after the war, highlighting the local…

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  • Women Soldiers in the Civil War
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    Women Soldiers in the Civil War

    Historical interpreters told stories of some of the women who disguised themselves as young men and fought in the Civil War. They outlined how and why these women disguised themselves, the…

    555 views
  • Creating the Lincoln Memorial
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    Creating the Lincoln Memorial

    The dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., took place in 1922, almost 60 years after Abraham Lincoln’s death. Harold Holzer talked about his book, Monument Man: The Life and Art…

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  • emThe War Before the Warem
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    The War Before the War

    Andrew Delbanco, American studies professor at Columbia University, recounted the political and moral divisions that separated the United States in the lead-up to the Civil War. He was…

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  • Women During the Civil War
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    Women During the Civil War

    A group of historians discussed the different ways women experienced the Civil War, depending on class, race and geography. They examined the relationship between Union generals and their…

    192 views
  • Artist James Hope and the 1862 Battle of Antietam
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    Artist James Hope and the 1862 Battle of Antietam

    James Hope, a landscape painter before the Civil War, enlisted with the Union Army’s Second Vermont Volunteers and witnessed the 1862 Battle of Antietam firsthand. Shepherd University Professor…

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  • Civil War in Visalia
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    Civil War in Visalia

    During the American Civil War, Visalia, California, was divided between Southern sympathizers and Northern supporters. A pro-Confederate newspaper published in the city was even banned by the U.S.…

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  • ExConfederates and PostCivil War Pardons
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    Ex-Confederates and Post-Civil War Pardons

    Author and former jurist Frank Williams looked at the question facing Union leaders in the post-war era: Should ex-Confederates receive pardons? He discussed President Andrew Johnson’s lenient…

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