Critical History Today: Civil War and Critical History
Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Room G529, 80 Fifth Avenue 80 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
The theme of Critical History Today builds upon our shared commitment to developing modes of historical analysis that speak to the urgent concerns of the present and promote rigorous engagement between history and other branches of the humanities and social sciences.
Historical studies will host Andrew Zimmerman - Professor of History at the George Washington University. From the first shots of the war itself to recent debates about Neonazis and Confederate monuments, the history of the Civil War in the United States has played a major role in thinking about racism and democracy. The anti-racist side of Civil War memory has, however, too often attached itself to US state-building projects, projects of nation, empire, and of liberal citizenship. In his lecture: Civil War and Critical History, Andrew will discuss his current book project- A Very Dangerous Element, on the American Civil War as transnational working-class revolution, emphasizing questions of race, class, violence, and social transformation.
Zimmerman is the author of Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany (Chicago, 2001) and Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South (Princeton, 2010).
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