Book Talks

Throughout the year, the museum hosts authors who discuss their latest works. Learn more about the American Civil War and its legacies while engaging with authors in Q&A. 

Time: Generally at 12:00 or 1:00 pm.
Date: Generally on Friday or Saturday afternoons.
Location: Varies.
Cost: Generally, book talks are included with Museum admission.

Next Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 5:30pm
Location: Off--Site at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 N. Boulevard, 23220
Speaker: Dr. Paul Finkelman and Dr. Edward L. Ayers
 Dr. Paul Finkelman and Dr. Edward L. Ayers will engage in a conversation about Dr. Finkelman’s latest book, “Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court.”
The three most important Supreme Court Justices before the Civil War--Chief Justices John Marshall and Roger B. Taney and Associate Justice Joseph Story--upheld the institution of slavery in ruling after ruling. These opinions cast a shadow over the Court and the legacies of these men, but historians have rarely delved deeply into the personal and political ideas and motivations they held. In Supreme Injustice, the distinguished legal historian Paul Finkelman establishes an authoritative account of each justice’s proslavery position, the reasoning behind his opposition to black freedom, and the incentives created by circumstances in his private life.

Past Topics

Speaker: James Morgan
Delve into the disaster at the battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry as author James Morgan recounts how the battled wrecked a general’s career and led to the death of one of President Lincoln’s good friends.
Speaker: William C. Davis
Davis will discuss how his book peels back the myths Velasquez herself created to reveal a startling and even more implausible reality.
Speaker: William J. Miller
Author William J. Miller will explore the details of the overlooked cavalry action that influenced the balance of the Valley Campaign of 1864 and pitted two ambitious friends against each other.

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