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Book Talk with Fergus M. Bordewich

November 16, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm


At its peak in the early 1870s, the Klan boasted tens of thousands of members. To repel the virulent tidal wave of violence, President Ulysses S. Grant waged a two-term battle against both armed Southern enemies of Reconstruction and Northern politicians seduced by visions of postwar conciliation. Join author Fergus M. Bordewich to discover a stunning story of when Ulysses S. Grant wielded the power of the federal government to dismantle the KKK.

FERGUS M. BORDEWICH is the author of eight previous nonfiction books, including Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America; The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (winner of the 2016 D.B. Hardeman Prize in American History); and America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union (named best history book of 2012 by the Los Angeles Times). He lives in Washington, DC with his wife.