Park Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site uses Garfield’s own words to describe how the president’s feelings on race and justice changed over time. Though he would not describe himself as an abolitionist, Garfield believed that slavery was a moral and political stain in the fabric of a nation conceived in liberty… but he didn’t always believe that.

The next talk in our Civil War series with Garfield National Historic Site will be at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The topic will be the astonishing life and naval career of Admiral David Farragut.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety, including: