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Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varon

Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House evokes a highly gratifying image in the popular mind-it was, many believe, a moment of healing, and a moment of patriotism untainted by ideology. But as Elizabeth Varon reveals, this rosy image conceals a seething debate over precisely what the surrender meant and what kind of nation would emerge from war. Did America's best days lie in the past or in the future? For Lee, it was the past, the era of the founding generation. For Grant, it was the future, represented by Northern industry and material progress. They held, in the end, two opposite views of the direction of the country-and of the meaning of the war that had changed the country forever. A book signing will follow the program.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Featured Artist(s): Elizabeth Varon

Event Venue

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington 20004
  • Friday, October 4, 2013
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