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The Draft Riots: 1863

Speaker: 
Barnet Schecter
Barry Lewis
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, June 14th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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Time & Location

Date: Mon, March 21, 2011, 6:30 PM

New York City’s only “Civil War Battle” was the 1863 Draft Riot—a convulsive, racially-motivated street fight for the very soul of Manhattan. Experts provide a frank, no-holds-barred account of the sickening excesses of the bloody struggle, its lasting impact on New York politics, the efforts of the mayor, governor, and President Lincoln himself to quell the frightening disturbance, and what it all meant to the future of New York.

Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903

Speaker: 
Lawrence Goldstone
Eric Foner
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Thu, May 26th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

Antietam and the Battles of 1862

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Stephen W. Sears
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, May 12th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

Franklin, Eleanor, and the Four Freedoms

Speaker: 
William E. Leuchtenburg
William J. vanden Heuvel
Douglas Brinkley (Moderator)
Thu, March 31st, 2011 | 7:30 pm

In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt looked forward to a world in which everyone enjoyed four essential freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These values were central to both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who made it her personal mission to codify those rights in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Experts discuss the speech and its far-reaching influence, and also delve into this extraordinary couple’s influence on one another.

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