By Patrick Saylor
Director of Marketing and PR
C-SPAN’s American History TV will broadcast Dr. Douglas Egerton’s presentation, “Black Activism and the Wars of Reconstruction” from the 2016 Symposium on Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 pm ET on C-SPAN3. Egerton, of Lemoyne College, Syracuse, New York, is author of The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era.
Dr. Ed Ayer’s presentation will be broadcast Sunday, March 20 at 8:00 am and again Monday, March 21 at 4:00 am. Ayers is past president of the University of Richmond and President of the American Civil War Museum board, and author of The Promise of the New South. He spoke on “Reckoning with Reconstruction on its Sesquicentennial.” All of the presentations can be viewed here
as they become available.
C-SPAN3 will begin airing the entire Symposium on Thursday, March 31 at 8:00 pm ET.
The topic of this year’s Symposium was “The Road from Appomattox: Political Violence, Military Conflict, and National Reunion.” In addition to Egerton and Ayers, speakers included Dr. Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia and author of The Union War and The Confederate War; Dr. Mark Grimsley of Ohio State University and author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865; and Dr. Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University and author of Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation.
This year’s Symposium is the latest of a long series of C-SPAN broadcasts of Museum programs, which can be viewed online. You can see a complete listing of Civil War programs here
The 2016 Symposium was presented by our sponsors and partners, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia, and The Library of Virginia.