What were the major issues in the first presidential election after the Civil War? Reconstruction, certainly. Civil Rights, definitely. But the country faced a whole host of issues, and a crowded field of candidates had a lot of different ideas about how to address them.
An expert from James A. Garfield National Historic Site guides us through this important and contentious election during the latest lecture in our Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War series.
Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at our Main Branch. The topic will the last Confederate surrender at Bennett Place, NC.
By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, some other previous talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety:
- The History of the Medal of Honor
- Burying the Dead after a Civil War Battle
- James A. Garfield & the First Decoration Day
- Prelude to Fort Sumter: The Mexican-American War
- Ambrose Burnside: An Innovator in Firearms & Facial Hair
- Warriors to the White House – Civil War Generals that Became President
- General Winfield Scott Hancock
- the Civil War and the Grand Army of the Republic
- from Civil War to Civil Rights
- political cartooning during and after the Civil War
- the Civil War and USS Michigan