Held in the last year of the national commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, leading historians offer fresh perspectives on the turbulent conclusion of the conflict. Speakers discuss prominent political and military leaders, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and other episodes that helped bring peace but also foreshadowed a troubled reunion for the nation.
David W. Blight discusses “‘Othello’s Occupation Was Gone’: The Endings of Frederick Douglass’s Civil War”. David William Blight is a professor of American History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.
Gary W. Gallagher discusses “Dutiful American Citizens, Coming Home: The Grand Review”. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.
Caroline Janney discusses “Demobilizing the Army of Northern Virginia”. Janney is Professor of History Purdue University.