April 27 After Appomattox: Gregory Downs in Conversation with David Blight
Two experts discuss the end of the Civil War — and what it can teach us about ongoing conflicts today.
6:30 p.m. / Elebash Recital Hall
When did the Civil War end? Not with Lee’s surrender to Grant in 1865, the GC’s Gregory P. Downs argues in his gripping new history, After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War. Instead, until 1871, the U.S. Army posted troops across the South in an occupation that helped to crush slavery but gave rise to prolonged conflict with rebel forces. In discussion with David W. Blight, Bancroft and Douglass-award winning historian from Yale, Downs explores the themes in his book, as well as lessons that may be applied to today’s protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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