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Ed Ayers (The Thin Light of Freedom), Barbara Gannon (Americans Remember Their Civil War), and Cynthia Nicoletti (Secession on Trial), discuss their recent Civil War histories, exploring the war through the perspectives of similar counties in Virginia and Pennsylvania, through the question of prosecution of Jefferson Davis for treason, and through our public efforts to commemorate and remember.
Why should you attend?
“[An] elegant book. With great skill, Edward Ayers weaves the stories of these Virginia and Pennsylvania counties together with events in the rest of the nation into a seamless whole that offers important new insights.” — James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“Barbara Gannon has provided a tremendously wide-ranging and insightful roadmap for the complicated terrain of Civil War remembrance. Using an extensive body of material―including the memories of Civil War participants, scholars, and representations in popular culture―Gannon convincingly demonstrates how much contemporary concerns, our continuing history of warfare above all else, have shaped our memories of the Civil War.” –Nina Silber, Professor of History & American Studies, Boston University
“The genius of Nicoletti’s work is that the Davis case provides a window into the persistent belief in American minds (even in the North) that secession was possible. That belief made the trial and execution of Davis that much more problematic than scholars have seen. Nicoletti backs up these claims with unsurpassed knowledge of legal proceedings and impressive research.” –William Blair, Director of Richard Civil War Era Center and Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor, Penn State University, and author of With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era