Reconstruction at 150
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
David W. Blight, Eric Foner, Edna Greene Medford, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Sat, February 13th, 2016 |
9:30 am to 11:00 am
(Members $32)


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

In the wake of the brutal Civil War that left hundreds of thousands dead and large swaths of the United States in physical, political, and economic ruins, one of the greatest challenges was yet to come: the reunification and reconstruction of the Union. Celebrated historians of the era reflect on the triumphs and tribulations of those fragile years, when northerners, southerners, former slaves, and slave owners alike struggled to find their place in a new America.

The guest speakers encourage you to attend the screening of Glory on Friday, February 12, 7 pm. Click here for more information. 

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Edna Greene Medford is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Howard University, where she specializes in 19th-century African-American history. Harold Holzer (moderator) has written and edited 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, including the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize winner, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.


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