Reconstruction: A Concise History with Allen C. Guelzo
5:30 PM17:30

Reconstruction: A Concise History with Allen C. Guelzo

In this concise history, award-winning historian and Union League member Allen C. Guelzo delves into the constitutional, political, and social issues behind Reconstruction to provide a lucid and original account of a historical moment that left an indelible mark on the American social fabric. The era known as Reconstruction is one of the unhappiest times in American history. It succeeded in reuniting the nation politically after the Civil War but in little else. Conflict shifted from the battlefield to the Capitol as Congress warred with President Andrew Johnson over just what to do with the South. Johnson's plan of Presidential Reconstruction, which was sympathetic to the former Confederacy and allowed repressive measures such as the «black codes,» would ultimately lead to his impeachment and the institution of Radical Reconstruction. While Reconstruction saw the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments, expanding the rights and suffrage of African Americans, it largely failed to chart a progressive course for race relations after the abolition of slavery and the rise of Jim Crow. It also struggled to manage the Southern resistance towards a Northern free-labor economy. However, these failures cannot obscure a number of accomplishments with long-term consequences for American life, among them the Civil Rights Act, the election of the first African American representatives to Congress, and the avoidance of renewed civil war. Reconstruction suffered from poor leadership and uncertainty of direction, but it also laid the groundwork for renewed struggles for racial equality during the civil rights movement.

5:30pm Cocktails | 6:00pm Program

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4:00 PM16:00

The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of

The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln
 Dr. Allen C. Guelzo
Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and
Director of Civil War Era Studies, Gettysburg College

Wednesday, February 7
4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

About the Lecture: In a modern democracy, state and society occupy separate spheres, so that neither the state oppresses society, nor society dispenses with the state and descends into anarchy. The boundary zone between the two is provided by the rule of law. Among the many attributes of Abraham Lincoln as a democratic leader, his respect for the rule of law is the paramount characteristic of his statesmanship. It was a respect which has been seriously questioned, and it was a respect which the pressure of our Civil War’s circumstances gravely challenged. But viewed in proper perspective, no aspect of the Civil war era, or Lincoln’s statecraft, is more remarkable than his maintenance of the rule of law in what would otherwise have been a situation fatal to the American democracy.

About the Speaker: Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004) and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (2008). His book on the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg: The Last Invasionwas a New York Times best seller in 2013. He is currently serving as the William L. Garwood Visiting Professor in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

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to Nov 4

Robert E. Lee Symposium

The Robert E. Lee Symposium is an annual program that explores the life and career of Robert E. Lee.  Topics will vary from year to year; however, all topics share the same goal of revealing aspects and intricacies of the life and legend of this iconic American personage.  Noted scholars and authors will be sharing research and analyses with attendees. Registrants have the opportunity to listen and learn from the finest Civil War historians as they examine primary documents, participate in discussions, and listen to in-depth lectures.  For more information

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3:00 PM15:00

A Conversation with Allen Guelzo and Gary Gallagher

Please join us on Friday, September 22, at 3:00 PM for "Reflections on Civil War History in 2017: A Conversation with Allen Guelzo and Gary Gallagher." Free and open to the public, this event will be held in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.

Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. A three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, Guelzo has published many books on the Civil War era and contributed numerous essays and articles to scholarly journals as well as national newspapers. His recent book, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf, 2013), spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His current research examines the life and career of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

CSPAN's American History TV will film the event for those who aren't able to make it.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Time and Location: 

3:00 PM, Harrison Institute Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

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