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SOLD OUT: VIRTUAL EVENT: BOOK TALK: How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Book Talk: How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Heather Cox Richardson in conversation with Emily Bazelon

While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system that had sustained the defeated South moved westward and there established a foothold. It was a natural fit. The South and West equally depended on extractive industries-cotton in the former and mining, cattle, and oil in the latter—giving rise a new birth of white male oligarchy, despite the guarantees provided by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the economic opportunities afforded by expansion.

How the South Won the Civil War traces the story of the American paradox, the competing claims of equality and subordination woven into the nation's fabric and identity. Richardson's searing book seizes upon the soul of the country and its ongoing struggle to provide equal opportunity to all. Debunking the myth that the Civil War released the nation from the grip of oligarchy, expunging the sins of the Founding, it reveals how and why the Old South not only survived in the West, but thrived.

Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College. Her previous works include West from Appomattox and To Make Men Free. Most recently, Richardson started publishing "Letters from an American", a nightly newsletter that chronicles current events in the larger context of American history and has accrued tens of thousands of subscribers. Richardson received her B.A and Ph.D from Harvard University.

Emily Bazelon is a Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is also a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and author of two national bestsellers, Charged: The Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration and Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

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