289May 3, 2013
Dakota Rebellion of 1862
Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman talked about the Dakota Sioux rebellion that took place in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War. Mr. Finkelman spoke about the political and ...
3,838Apr 8, 2013
First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore
Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic ...
444Nov 15, 2012
Lincoln and the Dakota War of 1862
Historians discussed the Dakota War of 1862. The conflict in Minnesota resulted in the mass execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men. The participants discussed the actions of General Henry Sibly ...
836May 4, 2012
Lincoln, Congress, Grant, and the Lieutenant General Act
Arizona State University history professor Brooks Simpson talked about the Lieutenant General Act of 1864. The act made Ulysses S. Grant a lieutenant general and gave him command of the Union ...
673May 4, 2012
The Civil War and Its Aftermath
This week on The Civil War, the closing discussion from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. Several of the symposium’s presenters take questions from the ...
1,222May 4, 2012
New York City Civil War Draft Riots
This week on The Civil War, author Iver Bernstein discussed the causes and consequences of the New York City Draft Riots of mid-July 1863, that resulted from the federal draft for additional troops ...
362May 4, 2012
Cincinnati's Black Brigade and the Abolition Movement
This week on The Civil War, we hear from two more speakers at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. First, author Nikki Taylor addresses the issue of citizenship ...
681May 4, 2012
German Immigrants in the Civil War
This week on The Civil War, we hear from Mischa Honeck, an author and research fellow at the German Historical Institute, who talks about German immigrants and their motivations for fighting in the ...
972May 4, 2012
Monitoring and Financing the Civil War
This week on The Civil War, two speakers from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. First, author Fergus Bordewich talks about the Joint Committee on the Conduct ...
808May 3, 2012
Mary Todd Lincoln and Congress
Catherine Clinton looked back at the life of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. She discussed the Lincoln courtship and marriage as well as Mary’s introduction to Washington as a ...
489Apr 21, 2012
Paul Finkelman on 19th Century Slave Trade
Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman spoke about the practice of kidnapping freemen from the North and sending them South during the 19th century. He also discussed the wide-spread ...
985Jun 23, 2011
Book Discussion on Millard Fillmore
Historian and legal scholar Paul Finkelman recounted the presidential tenure of Millard Fillmore, who took office following the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850. Professor Finkelman ...
273May 6, 2011
The Origins of Emancipation
Historian Seymour Drescher talked about slavery being abolished throughout the British Empire in 1833. He noted that the Slavery Abolition Act became one of the driving forces toward emancipation ...
445May 6, 2011
Frederick Douglass and Emancipation
Diane Barnes spoke about Frederick Douglass, the most prominent civil rights activist in the 19th century. His relationship with Abraham Lincoln helped convince the president that he must act ...
597May 6, 2011
President Lincoln and Emancipation
Michael Burlingame talked about Abraham Lincoln’s pre-presidential dealings with slavery and his abolitionist tendencies.
“Abraham Lincoln: Reluctant Emancipator?” was part of ...
578May 6, 2011
Constitutionality of the Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation is considered to be one of the most important documents in American history. Paul Finkelman spoke about Abraham Lincoln and the constitutionality of the ...
304May 6, 2011
The Economics of Emancipation
Professor Jenny Wahl argued that the institution of slavery was essentially an economic phenomenon. She used PowerPoint during her presentation and then responded to questions from members of ...
726May 6, 2011
Black Soldiers in the Civil War
Despite a federal law banning black soldiers from serving in the U.S. Army, they nonetheless fought during the Civil War in both northern and southern regiments. John Stauffer spoke about their ...
715May 5, 2011
Emancipation During the Civil War
Historian Gary Gallagher argued that the primary motive of the North during the Civil War was to preserve the “Union"-not to emancipate the slaves, but that Union forces were crucial in ...
203Apr 1, 2011
Supreme Court Mistakes: Closing Remarks
Professors G. Edward White and Paul Finkelman made closing remarks at a symposium exploring the United States Supreme Court decisions nominated for a “Hall of Shame.” Professor White ...
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