The Draft Riots, Part II

Speaker: 
Edna Greene Medford
Carla L. Peterson
Barnet Schecter
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, March 15th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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In the summer of 1863, in the simmering cauldron of New York City, tensions over the new Union draft law boiled over into a vicious, bloody, racially-motivated riot, the second-largest civil insurrection in American history after the Civil War itself. Experts examine the causes of the conflict, its sickening violence and the enduring legacy it left on New York.

Sherman and the North Advance

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
John F. Marszalek
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, January 31st, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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Nearly a century and a half after it occurred, Union General William T. Sherman’s epic march from Atlanta to the sea remains one of the most astonishing military feats in American history — as well as one of the most controversial. Generations of Northerners have regarded it as a model of leadership, bravery and resolve. But many Southerners recall it as a brutal desecration of property and honor and judge Sherman as nothing less than a war criminal. What made Sherman march and how important was his triumphant move east in 1864?

Civil War at Sea

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, December 13th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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For generations, Civil War military history has focused heavily on the land war, the big battles and on the heroes of the Union and Confederate armies. But the neglected story of the war’s landmark naval engagements, and its great naval heroes, ranks among the most compelling and dramatic in American history. Through both technology and old-fashioned gallantry, on oceans and rivers alike, at places like Hampton Roads, New Orleans, Mobile Bay and even Cherbourg, France, commanders like Farragut, Porter and Semmes changed the course of the war.

American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era

Speaker: 
David W. Blight
Drew Gilpin Faust (moderator)
Thu, November 3rd, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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This program transports us to the 1963 centennial celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to explore how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. David W. Blight and Drew Gilpin Faust discuss how four of America’s most incisive writers—including Robert Penn Warren, a white southerner who recanted his support for segregation, and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist—explored the gulf between remembrance and reality.

A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

Speaker: 
Amanda Foreman
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, October 4th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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The American Civil War was the largest non-British conflict ever fought by British men and women. Serving as soldiers, spies and nurses for both the Union and Confederacy, never again would so many risk their lives on behalf of a foreign cause. In this discussion, acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman, in conversation with Harold Holzer, takes the audience on a journey to the drawing rooms of London, the offices of Washington and the front lines of a divided America to examine Great Britain’s integral role in the Civil War.

Military Collections

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Documenting the greatest triumphs of the nation and some of its darkest days, the manuscript collections contain rich sources on military history stretching from the French and Indian War through World War II. Collections are wide ranging and include the letters and pocket diaries of common soldiers, the official and private papers of commanding officers, and official documentation such as orderly books, muster rolls and regimental records. Within this vast subject are the papers of men such as Horatio Gates, Alexander McDougall, Richard Varick, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Franz Sigel, David E. Cronin, G. Creighton Webb and James Harbord. Among the groups and organizations represented are the 7th Regiment, the United States Military Philosophical Society, the Union Defense Committee of the City of New York and the Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War. Of particular note is also the Naval History Society Collection which captures the history of the American Navy from the American Revolution through the Civil War and contains a collection of John Barry manuscripts as well as the papers of Gustavus V. Fox, John Ericsson, Henry A. Wise and many other significant naval figures.

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Civil War Lecture with Randall Fuller Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
Randall Fuller
Wed, August 10th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, author Randall Fuller will discuss From Battlefields Rising, his new book examining the profound impact of the war on 19th-century writers including Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Frederick Douglass, among others. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

Jane Schultz on The War within the War: Harriet Eaton and Civil War Nursing Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
Jane E. Schultz
Wed, August 3rd, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, Jane E. Schultz, a leading expert on Civil War nursing, will discuss her book This Birth Place of Souls and examine one woman’s critical role on the battlefields of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

Civil War Lecture with David Blight Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
David W. Blight
Wed, July 27th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, author David W. Blight will discuss his newest book, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, and the ever-changing nature of the Civil War in American memory. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

Civil War Lecture with James McPherson Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Wed, July 20th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson will discuss his book, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, a riveting account of how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander-in-chief as we know it. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

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