Public Program- Adam Goodheart

Lectures and Performances
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:00pm to Friday, October 14, 2011 - 6:45pm

"1861: The Civil War Awakening" by Adam Goodheart

book cover for 1861: The Civi War Awakening

As the United States commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Adam Goodheart urges us to recapture the moment of uncertainty and change at the beginning of the conflict. Early in 1861, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents. faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom.

Based on his book, 1861: The Civil War Awakening, Adam Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes. Among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. He will take us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan; from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada; from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island; vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.

Adam Goodheart is a historian, essayist, and journalist. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and he is a regular columnist for the New York Times' acclaimed Civil War series, "Disunion." He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is the director of Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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