Date(s) - 02/27/2012
“Then and Now: Civil War memory in the Civil Rights Era and in the Obama Era,” by David W. Blight, Professor of History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition.
Professor David Blight, award-winning author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, now examines the Civil War’s centennial celebration to determine how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation a century earlier. He shows how four of America’s most incisive writers—Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin—explored the gulf between remembrance and reality. Now on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the war, we have an invaluable perspective on how this conflict continues to shape the country’s political debates, national identity, and sense of purpose.