Lincoln & Emancipation
Saturday, January 1, 2011
On January 1st, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Recently, Howard University in Washington, DC held a forum of historians discussing Lincoln, his Emancipation decision, and the impact on the country.
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Georgetown University Professor Jonathan Ray looks at the lives of American Jews in the Progressive Era, including questions about Jewish assimilation into the wider American culture. He discusses Jewish support of socialism and organized labor, as well as issues of discrimination against Jews in the workplace and in society. He also examines ethnic, racial and religious differences within the Jewish community itself.
Texas Christian University history professor Steven Woodworth talks about Union General A.J. Smith’s guerrillas—a contingent of the Army of the Tennessee—and their involvement and decisive action in the Battle of Nashville in December of 1864. This talk was part of a symposium on 1864 and the Western Theater, held by the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Architect of the U.S. Capitol Stephen Ayers talks about the U.S. Capitol grounds in springtime.
Author and historian Richard McMurry talks about the Civil War career of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, up to and through his command of the Army of Tennessee and the Atlanta Campaign in the spring and summer of 1864. This talk was part of a symposium on 1864 and the Western Theater, held by the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
How do presidential illnesses impact U.S. policies and politics? A panel of historians addresses this question by looking at the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Richard Nixon and LBJ. This event is from the symposium “Presidents and Their Crises: When Life Strikes the White House.” It was hosted by Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Celebrity pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on their attempted 1937 flight around the world. Did they crash into the sea or become castaways? We hear from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has investigated the disappearance over the last 25 years. They’ll also discuss their upcoming expedition to Nikumaroro Island in the Republic of Kiribati.
The Museum of the Confederacy's Kelly Hancock talks about a Union raid on the Confederate capital in late February and early March of 1864. Among several goals of the operation was the rescue of Union prisoners of war. The efforts proved unsuccessful; and over the course of the raid’s unraveling, one of the commanding officers, Colonel Ulric Dahlgren, was killed. A set of papers found on his body contained orders to burn the city of Richmond and kill Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his cabinet. The papers’ discovery set off a brief firestorm in both the South and the North over the source and authenticity of the orders.
Architectural historian Barry Lewis discusses the history of Harlem’s buildings and people. Founded as a 17th century Dutch outpost, Harlem—a bastion of African American culture—was built up in the Reconstruction Era as a white middle class neighborhood. African Americans moved into Harlem around the turn of the century, and the city became segregated on north-south lines.