The Lecture- How do we know what we know about the Civil War?
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Dr. Yael Sternhell will explore the unexpectedly fascinating backstory of the wartime documents that became the Official Records. You’ll never think of the Official Records or any other Civil War document the same way again. As Sternhell will show, even what we consider hard historical facts were shaped by the politics and personalities in the archive.
The Carole Weinstein International Center is building #52 on this map. Parking will be available in lots R19 and R20.
For questions about the lecture, please contact John Coski.
Dr. Yael A. Sternhell
Yael Sternhell is associate professor of History and American Studies at Tel Aviv University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Princeton University, studying under James M. McPherson. Her doctoral dissertation became her prize-winning first book, Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South, (Harvard University Press, 2012).
Dr. Sternhell’s Bottimore Lecture topic derives from her next book (under contract with Yale University Press): War on Record: The Archive and the Making of Civil War History, 1861-1901. Her article, “The Afterlives of a Confederate Archive: Civil War Documents and the Making of Sectional Reconciliation,” received the prize for the best article published in the Journal of American History in 2016.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Sternhell has also published articles about the Israeli occupation. She describes her primary fields of interest as the American South and the social and cultural history of modern societies at war.
Q&A with Dr. Sternhell
We asked Dr. Sternhell three questions about her research. Learn about the "hidden treasure" she uncovered in the National Archives.
Document of the Month Blog Post
ACWM Historian John Coski found a letter from Jefferson Davis that relates to the compilation of the Official Records. Take a look at it now.
Watch Previous Bottimore Lectures
2016- The Cause of All Nations with Dr. Don Doyle- Watch video
2015- Ulysses S. Grant at the End of the Sesquicentennial with Dr. Joan Waugh- Watch video
2014- When Mettle Meets Metal: The Hard Realities of Civil War Soldiering with Dr. Stephen Berry- Watch video
2013- Remembering the Civil War with Dr. Caroline Janney- Watch video
2010- Showdowns in Virginia: The Debates over Slavery & Secession, 1832 & 1861 with Dr. William Freehling- Watch video
2009- Presidents Lincoln and Davis at Home with William Seale- Watch video