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Author Talk with Thomas J. Brown
Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm CST (Zoom webinar)
Join us as Dr. Christian McWhirter, Lincoln Historian interviews Thomas Brown, professor of history at the University of South Carolina. They will discuss his new book, Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America.
This sweeping new assessment of Civil War monuments unveiled in the United States between the 1860s and 1930s argues that they were pivotal to a national embrace of military values. Americans' wariness of standing armies limited construction of war memorials in the early republic and continued to influence commemoration after the Civil War. As large cities and small towns across the North and South installed an astonishing range of statues, memorial halls, and other sculptural and architectural tributes to Civil War heroes, communities debated the relationship of military service to civilian life through fund-raising campaigns, artistic designs, oratory, and ceremonial practices.