civil war http://wamc.org en The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference http://wamc.org/post/underground-railroad-history-project-capital-regions-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 11 – 13),<a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/"> The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region</a> will present their 13th Public History Conference. This year’s conference is entitled <a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/page_id476/"><em>Slavery and the Underground Railroad: the Larger Context, the Lingering Legacy</em></a> and is co-sponsored by <a href="http://www.sage.edu/rsc/">Russell Sage College</a>, The Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College, and the <a href="http://www.rchsonline.org/">Rensselaer County Historical Society</a>.</p><p>Here now to tell us all about it are Brea Barthel, a co-coordinator of the Conference, and Professor at SUNY Albany and RPI and Paul Stewart, Scholar in Residence at Russell Sage College and co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87681 at http://wamc.org The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference Stephen Lang And "The Wheatfield" At The Crandall Theatre http://wamc.org/post/stephen-lang-and-wheatfield-crandall-theatre <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in <em>Gettysburg</em>, Stonewall Jackson in <em>Gods and Generals</em>, Colonel Quaritch in <em>Avatar</em> and many others.</p><p>This Sunday at 4pm <a href="http://www.crandelltheatre.org/chatham-film-club">The Chatham Film Club</a> and the <a href="http://www.cchsny.org/">Columbia County Historical Society</a> present an exciting combination of theater, film and music that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor Winner James Jackson Purman.</p><p>The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film <a href="http://www.thewheatfieldfilm.com/"><em>The Wheatfield</em></a>, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian <a href="http://www.haroldholzer.com/">Harold Holzer</a>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 79689 at http://wamc.org Stephen Lang And "The Wheatfield" At The Crandall Theatre Women In The Civil War: Professor Amy Murrell Taylor http://wamc.org/post/women-civil-war-professor-amy-murrell-taylor <p>Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., University of Kentucky history professor Amy Murrell Taylor will lecture on the role of New York women in the civil war. The lecture is at the New York State Museum’s Huxley Theatre and is free to the public. Professor Taylor is a former University at Albany history professor. She says her talk will focus on the domestic struggles of the Civil War.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 71887 at http://wamc.org Women In The Civil War: Professor Amy Murrell Taylor Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site http://wamc.org/post/ulysses-s-grant-cottage-state-historic-site <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.grantcottage.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a hidden treasure in the foothills of the Adirondacks. It sits on top of Mt. McGregor and overlooks the Adirondack Mountains to the north, the Green Mountains to the east, and the Catskills to the south.</span></p><p>The view is breathtaking and was the last view of our area that General Ulysses S. Grant saw before his death in this historic cottage. The Cottage has remained virtually unchanged since 1885 and still houses the bed on which he died and the funeral arrangements are still intact.</p><p>The clock on the mantle still remains where his son, Fred, stopped the hands at 8:08 a.m. on July 23, 1885 when his father passed away – 128 years ago yesterday. Tim Welch – President of the Grant Cottage Historic Site and Steve Trimm, the site’s Grant Impersonator, join us in studio A this morning.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69896 at http://wamc.org Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site Ideas Matter: New York Council for the Humanities and The Civil War Sesquicentennial http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-new-york-council-humanities-and-civil-war-sesquicentennial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – </span><a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight the Civil War sesquicentennial.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.nyhumanities.org/">The New York Council for the Humanities</a> offers reading and discussion programs about the Civil War and Lincoln's speeches.</p><p>David Carlyon is a writer and independent scholar. He has a Ph.D. in theater history from Northwestern University and was a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum &amp; Bailey Circus.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68075 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: New York Council for the Humanities and The Civil War Sesquicentennial "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" by Allen C. Guelzo http://wamc.org/post/gettysburg-last-invasion-allen-c-guelzo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307594084/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307594084&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Gettysburg: The Last Invasion</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0307594084" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em> is the first to dive down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67918 at http://wamc.org "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" by Allen C. Guelzo "The Civil War in 50 Objects" http://wamc.org/post/civil-war-50-objects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067001463X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=067001463X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The Civil War in 50 Objects</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=067001463X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox—the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives—Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female—and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65817 at http://wamc.org "The Civil War in 50 Objects" Lawrence Benenson - “Vote for Me and I’ll Set You Free" http://wamc.org/post/lawrence-benenson-vote-me-and-i-ll-set-you-free <p>Ever since the establishment of our democracy, citizens of the United States have demonstrated both pleasure and disgust with their government by exercising their right to vote.</p> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:10:00 +0000 Bob Barrett 52693 at http://wamc.org Harold Holzer http://wamc.org/post/harold-holzer <p><a href="http://www.haroldholzer.com/">Harold Holzer</a> is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 51992 at http://wamc.org Harold Holzer Four Thousand New Yorkers Died in Civil War's Seven Days Battles http://wamc.org/post/four-thousand-new-yorkers-died-civil-wars-seven-days-battles <p>This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first in a series of Civil&nbsp;War battles during which New York regiments would suffer thousands of casualties.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>According to historians at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, the first of the Seven Days Battles occurred on June 25, 1862 when New York&#39;s Excelsior Brigade spearheaded an attack against Confederate forces outside Richmond, Va.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:02:29 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 41742 at http://wamc.org Four Thousand New Yorkers Died in Civil War's Seven Days Battles