Let Loose the Dogs of War: New York in the Civil War, a lecture with Robert W. Arnold III

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New York supplied more men, money and materiel in the Civil War than any other state North or South, but New Yorkers responded to the Civil War in diverse and often contradictory fashions. Presented by Robert W. Arnold III (Public Historian, Adjunct Professor of History, College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College), this presentation will examine a sample of those responses and some individuals who exemplify them, put in the political, social and military contexts of the war. It will look at the social costs of the war as they played out in the farms and cities of the Empire State, in families, workplaces and neighborhoods and the transition that went with it from an era of reform to the Gilded Age.

Free to the public, made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities.