What was the Confederacy and what did it stand for? These are important questions in both history classrooms and public debate. Dr. McCurry will discuss what Confederate leaders believed they were doing; the challenges they faced both from within the South and outside it; the experiences of Black and white women in the Confederacy; and the role of women in the history of war.
Stephanie McCurry is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower. She specializes in the American Civil War and Reconstruction, the nineteenth century United States, the American South, and the history of women and gender. Her current work focuses on the epic human drama of Reconstruction in the U.S. and the comparative history of postwar societies and processes of reconstruction in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Dr. McCurry's most recent book is "Women's War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War" (Harvard, 2019). "We think of war as a man’s world, but women have always played active roles in times of violence and been left to pick up the pieces in societies decimated by war. In this groundbreaking reconsideration of the Civil War, the award-winning author of Confederate Reckoning invites us to see America’s bloodiest conflict not just as pitting brother against brother but as a woman’s war. Women's War dismantles the long-standing fiction that women are outside of war and shows that they were indispensable actors in the Civil War, as they have been—and continue to be—in all wars." -- Harvard University Press
Dr. McCurry's previous book, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard 2012), was a finalist for the Pulitzer and won the Merle Curti Prize and the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Willie Lee Rose from the Southern Association of Women Historians.
This webinar has a maximum capacity of 500 attendees.