Talks

Our Composite Nation: The Reconstruction of American Democracy in the Age of the Civil War

Featuring: Manisha Sinha, David M. Rubenstein (moderator)

History with David M. Rubenstein

  • Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)
Manisha Sinha

Event Details:

The period of Reconstruction following the Civil War saw a transformation of the United States from a slaveholding republic into an interracial democracy, all alongside the rise of industrial capitalism and the violent and ambitious conquest of the American West. What was the historical significance of this monumental transformation? Manisha Sinha explores the evolution of American democracy during this period with a new historical synthesis of Reconstruction.

Manisha Sinha is James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She is currently writing a book on the Reconstruction of American democracy in the age of the Civil War. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), co-founder and co-chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of numerous books, including The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.

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Buy the book! Pick up copies of related titles at the NYHistory Store:

Manisha Sinha, The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition
David M. Rubenstein, The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream
David M. Rubenstein, How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers
David M. Rubenstein, The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians

Location:

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

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