Past Programs
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Amanda Foreman, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, October 4th, 2011 | 7:30 pm
(Members $12)

Event details

The American Civil War was the largest non-British conflict ever fought by British men and women. Serving as soldiers, spies and nurses for both the Union and Confederacy, never again would so many risk their lives on behalf of a foreign cause. In this discussion, acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman, in conversation with Harold Holzer, takes the audience on a journey to the drawing rooms of London, the offices of Washington and the front lines of a divided America to examine Great Britain’s integral role in the Civil War.

Speakers Bio(s)

Amanda Foreman is the author of the international bestseller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Her most recent book is A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War. Harold Holzer (moderator), winner of the National Humanities Medal, is the author, coauthor or editor of 41 books, including most recently Lincoln on War. He is the Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.


Please Note Location: During the New-York Historical Society’s major renovation project (from April 2010 – November 2011) the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series will be presented at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, unless otherwise noted.

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