War’s end left deep scars
ALPLM welcomes Caroline Janney on Sept. 8 to discuss post-war
divisions; first in series of authors this fall
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[September 03, 2014]
– The end of the Civil War was quickly followed by images of
friendship between North and South, of soldiers shaking hands and
putting aside their bloody battles. But author Caroline Janney
argues the truth was much more complex.
Janney, author of “Remembering the Civil War:
Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation,” will speak Monday, Sept.
8, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Her book makes the case that North and South may have been reunited
after the Civil War but they were far from reconciled. Anger among
veterans lingered well into the 20th century. Both sides – through
memorials, organizations and books – attempted to shape the nation’s
memory of the war.
Janney, a Purdue University professor, will detail not only why
veterans groups but also Southern women kept alive the notion of the
Confederacy’s noble “lost cause.”
“Janney is a young, innovative scholar who has plumbed primary
sources to challenge the concept of reconciliation and examine
tensions that still resonate today,” said Eileen Mackevich,
executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
“Remembering the Civil War” has been praised as “splendidly written”
by the Civil War Book Review and “superbly researched” by The Public
Janney will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. and then speak in the
presidential library’s Multi-Purpose Room at 6:30. Tickets are free
and may be reserved at http://tinyurl.com/JanneyTickets or by
Two other important authors will appear at the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum later this fall.
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Jean Baker, author of “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography,”
visits on Sept. 30 to discuss spiritualism and attempts to
contact the dead. In a nation devastated by war, spiritualism
offered grieving families some hope of connecting with lost
loved ones. It also gave women another outlet for their energy
and influence in a society that sharply limited women’s roles.
And on Oct. 29, celebrated historian Harold Holzer will discuss
his new book, “Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for
Public Opinion.” Lincoln owned one newspaper, shut down others
during the war and alternately battled and manipulated key
publishers. He controlled and shaped information to help his
career and the Union.
Historian James McPherson calls the book “a tour de force.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin says it makes a “significant contribution
to our understanding of Lincoln’s leadership.”
For more about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
[Text received; CHRIS WILLIS, ABRAHAM
LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM]