Speakers

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Richard Blackett is the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of a number of books on the transatlantic abolitionist movement and the Civil War. His most recent book, The Captive's Quest for Freedom. Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the Politics of Slavery (Cambridge University Press, 2018), explores the nature of the fugitive slave law, popular reactions to it and the ways slaves influenced the debate about the future of slavery.

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William C. "Jack" Davis is the author or editor of more than 50 books in Civil War and Southern history. He retired in 2013 as Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. His latest book is Inventing Loreta Velasquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity, and Con Artist. Among his recent awards are a record fourth Jefferson Davis Award from the American Civil War Museum and the Richard Nelson Current Award from the Lincoln Forum.

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Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. His many publications include The Union War (2011), Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty (2013), and The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (with Joan Waugh, 2015). Long active in the field of Civil War preservation, he was a founding member and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and twice served on the Board of the Civil War Trust (now the American Battlefield Trust).

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Robert O'Harrow, Jr. is a Virginia Tech graduate (BA in economics and history) who works for the Washington Post as an investigative reporter covering the Trump administration, technology, and cybersecurity. O'Harrow was a member of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the 2017 coverage of Roy Moore. His books include No Place To Hide; Zero Day: The Threat In Cyber Space; and The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln's General, Master Builder of the Union Army.

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Paul Quigley is James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. A native of Manchester, England, he is the author of Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848 –1865, winner of the British Association for American Studies Book Prize, the Museum of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Award, and the Albert Sturm Award.

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James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr. is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Virginia Tech. The founding director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and a nationally acclaimed lecturer, he is the author or editor of more than 20 books. His recent publications include After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians who Changed America, and a two-volume edition of J. B. Jones' A Rebel War Clerk's Diary.

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Phillip C. Stone is the past president of Bridgewater College and Sweet Briar College as well as the past president of the Virginia Bar Association. A member of the United States and Virginia Lincoln Bicentennial Commissions and the Advisory Board of the Lincoln Forum, Stone is the president and founder of the Lincoln Society of Virginia. A frequent speaker on Lincoln, for the past 43 years, he has conducted a ceremony to honor Lincoln in the Lincoln family cemetery in Rockingham County, Virginia.

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Caitlin Verboon is the 2018-2019 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she received her BA from the College of William and Mary and her PhD from Yale University. Verboon is currently writing a book that explores the ways black and white Southerners used public city spaces to remake citizenship after the Civil War. She has presented her work at several national conferences and events, including the Southern Historical Association, the Urban Historical Association, C-SPAN, and at the Society of Civil War Historians.

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Joan Waugh is a professor of history at UCLA and author of many essays and books on Civil War topics, including U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (2009) and The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (2015) co-authored with Gary W. Gallagher. President-elect of the Society of Civil War Historians, Waugh is an active public lecturer and has been interviewed for many documentaries. Dr. Waugh has been honored with three teaching prizes, including UCLA's prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.






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