Talks
The Meaning of the Civil War: Then and Now
The President Bill Clinton Lecture in American History
Edna Greene Medford, Orville Vernon Burton
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 pm ET | $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)

EVENT DETAILS

Many of the nation’s thorniest problems today had their origins in the most divisive era in American history, the Civil War. Our lives and institutions continue to be shaped by the path taken as the country sought to redefine its identity after the war. This wide-ranging discussion explores what we must do to secure that “new birth of freedom” Lincoln envisioned.

Edna Greene Medford, a New-York Historical Society trustee, is a professor in the department of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University, a distinguished lecturer of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, and the author of Lincoln and Emancipation. Orville Vernon Burton is Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Distinguished Professor of History and professor of sociology and anthropology, pan-African studies, and computer science at Clemson University.

LOCATION

The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West,
New York, NY 10024

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LIVESTREAMING

Unable to attend in person? Join us via livestream!
Livestream Access: $30 (Members $20)

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All sales are final; refunds and exchanges are not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change.

Advance registration closes four hours prior to program start time. Subject to availability, livestreaming tickets will be available via online purchase up until the program start time.

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