Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Brenda Wineapple
Wed, August 7th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

Americans looked to expand towards the end of the nineteenth century: they desired new lands, developed innovative technologies, and, consequently, were forced to acknowledge slavery. Engaging and comprehensive, Brenda Wineapple’s newest book, Ecstatic Nation, explores these conflicted years of American history and the transformation of a vast continent into one nation, indivisible.

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Brenda Wineapple is a Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies at Union College and a teacher of MFA programs at The New School. Her latest book is Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The Nation.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, the program would take place at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group