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Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Elizabeth R. Varon
Wed, August 21st, 2019 | 7:00 pm


The New-York Historical Society is thrilled to partner with the Bryant Park Reading Room to present a series of free programs in the park. Now in its tenth summer, this year’s Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room series features a rich selection of topics, including government and politics, presidential biography, and the Civil War.

As the nation descended into civil war, President Abraham Lincoln and his allies mobilized a Unionist coalition by framing the conflict as a crusade to deliver the South from slaveholder domination and bring democracy, prosperity, and education to the region. Confederates, in turn, sought to firm up a unified resistance by stressing themes of Northern barbarity and Southern victimization. Historian Elizabeth R. Varon reconsiders the motivations behind the Civil War and the ideological battles to win the support of the masses.

Elizabeth R. Varon is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia and serves on the Executive Council of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. She is the author of Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War.


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 yellow and white umbrellas.

Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.


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


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.

Creative: Tronvig Group