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Past Programs
Lincoln, Douglass and the U.S. Colored Troops in Action
David W. Blight, Elizabeth D. Leonard, Mia Bay, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, February 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


Under the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union Army began recruiting so-called “colored” troops for the first time—and the mere fact that they donned military uniforms, bore arms and fought in battle revolutionized the status of African-Americans, even as it stirred intolerance in many Northern cities. This panel will explore the contributions, sacrifices and challenges faced by the Union’s extraordinary black fighting force, including the drama of Fort Wagner and the national shame of unequal pay.


David W. Blight is Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale. He is the author of American Oracle. Elizabeth D. Leonard is the author of Men of Color to Arms! Black Soldiers, Indian Wars and the Quest for Equality. Mia Bay is coauthor of the new book Freedom on My Mind, Volume 2: A History of African Americans with Documents. Harold Holzer (moderator) is the author, coauthor or editor of more than forty books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, including Emancipating Lincoln.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


When you pre-order your ticket for a public program, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program glass of wine at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Cannot be purchased at time of program; drink must be redeemed before program begins. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Availability is limited.

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