Drew Gilpin Faust and Harold Holzer on the Civil War


Drew Gilpin Faust and Harold Holzer on the Civil War


Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.


$10 non-members

$7 members, students & teachers

FREE for 1787 members





F.M. Kirby Auditorium

National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street | Independence Mall


On the anniversary of the battle that sparked the Civil War, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust and eminent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer explore the enormous human toll of the war on 19th-century America. More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million. In her book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, Faust reveals how death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, redefining the meanings of race, citizenship and nationhood.


  • Drew Gilpin Faust is president of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of six books, including This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, which won the Bancroft Prize in 2009, was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was named by The New York Times one of the “10 Best Books of 2008.”
  • Harold Holzer is chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and senior vice president for external affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has written on the martyrdom of the war’s most famous victim in The Lincoln Image and other books. He is the author, co-author or editor of 42 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, most recently Emancipating Lincoln (2012). He has won many awards for his writing, including a second-place Lincoln Prize for his 2005 book Lincoln at Cooper Union. In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush.





      A book sale and signing with Drew Gilpin Faust and Harold Holzer will follow the program.

          Parking is available for $9.00 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets.

          Advance reservations required; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.




        Harold Holzer


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