Seminar: Abraham Lincoln, Union War Aims, and the Limits of Reconstruction

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Nov 23, 2019


10:30 am - 12:30 pm


UCLA Law School, Room TBD
385 Charles E Young Dr. E
Los Angeles

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In addition to this seminar, Gary Gallagher will be giving a lecture entitled, “Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment? Understanding the Connection between Union War Aims and Postwar Realities,” on November 21. For more information on this lecture, please visit the event page.


Registration for the seminar with Gary Gallagher is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members. Readings will be distributed in advance to participants, who will be expected to read them and participate actively in the discussion. A pizza lunch will be delivered at the end of the seminar. To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at


Gary Gallagher is another repeat CLAFI lecturer. Many of you will remember his thrilling 2014 talk on the meaning and motivation of the Civil War for the North. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia and the Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. He is one of the very best of the many excellent historians who specialize in the Civil War period. He is the author of many books, including The Union War (2011), The Confederate War (1997), Lee and His Army in Confederate History (1998), and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War (2008). With UCLA’s Joan Waugh, Gallagher organizes the excellent periodic conferences on the Civil War at the Huntington Museum. Among his many awards and honors, he served as the president of the Civil War Society of Historians from 200-2004.