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Nov. 19 Gotham Center: “A Vast and Fiendish Plot”


Gotham Center: “A Vast and Fiendish Plot”


Wednesday, November 19
6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater
The Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, btw. 34th & 35th St.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Manhattan was almost wiped from the map in what could have been the worst terrorist attack in world history when eight Confederate officers failed miserably to burn down the city on November 25, 1864. Had they scouted better targets, or made better use of the chemical weapons they carried, firefighters would have been overwhelmed and hundreds of thousands would have burned to death. Come hear the true story of how New York ignored clear warnings from the federal government about the impending attack, and how local, state, and national politicians may have aided the Confederates in the attack.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Seating, as always, is “first come, first served.”

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