Civil War historians disagree on many issues: Gettysburg or Atlanta? Grant or Sherman? Slavery or States Rights? Lost Cause or Cause Lost? But they do agree on one thing: James McPherson is the dean of Civil War studies and his Battle Cry of Freedom is the best single-volume history of the war. On February 19, McPherson takes himself as his subject, reflecting on a long, immensely successful career as America’s chief interpreter of the nation’s defining event. The past and memory are the substance of the historian’s profession, but with a history as long and deep – and controversial – as the Civil War, battling interpretations over meaning and outcomes are influenced by politics, popular culture, and other sources.
Moderated by Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era at the University of Georgia, the evening features a free-ranging interview in which McPherson ruminates on the war, its legacy, and its changing place in American memory.
This lecture will be held at the Atlanta History Center. Admission for all lectures is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, and FREE to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for all lectures. Please call 404.814.4150 or reserve your tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.
Support: Civil War 150 lectures are presented through the generous support of Vicki and Howard Palefsky.
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