UCLA: Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment?

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Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions: “Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment? Understanding the Connection between Union War Aims and Postwar Realities”


The Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions at the University of California – Los Angeles, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Gary Gallagher for a lecture on Reconstruction, Union war aims, and postwar realities.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 • 7:30 PM
UCLA Law School • University of California, Los Angeles

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Gary Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia and the Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. He is one of the very best of the many excellent historians who specialize in the Civil War period. He is the author of many books, including The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011), The Confederate War (Harvard University Press, 1997), Lee and His Army in Confederate History (University of North Carolina Press, 1998), and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). With UCLA’s Joan Waugh, Gallagher organizes periodic conferences on the Civil War at the Huntington Museum. He previously served as the president of the Civil War Society of Historians.

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The Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions at the University of California – Los Angeles, a JMC partner program, is committed to the beliefs that: 1) an educated citizen in a democracy should have a sound understanding of the history of free institutions and their underlying principles, 2) that a central purpose of a university is to assist and encourage students, faculty, and others to confront basic questions of the meaning of life, the nature of the cosmos and of human society, and the principles of right and wrong, and 3) that the study of great works and achievements of western and other civilizations, not uncritically but with the presumption that we have much to learn from our greatest forerunners, is a valuable if not indispensable means of education directed toward the principles of free institutions and the fundamental questions we face as individuals.

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