Sun, Nov 13|
Collected Works Bookstore
Jeremi Suri, Civil War By Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy
Jeremi will be in conversation with Jim Falk, Program Chair at Global Santa Fe, our co-presenting partner for this event. Jeremi Suri brilliantly contextualizes the roots of contemporary racial and political divisions that culminated in the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol.
Date, Time & Location
Nov 13, 2022, 4:00 PM MST
Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
About the Event
This will be an in-store presentation and we will also live stream the evening on Zoom, please register to watch here.
Publishing October 18, you can pre-order Civil War By Other Means online here or call the store (505) 988-4226
The Civil War may have ended on the battlefield, but the fight for equality never did. In 1865, the Confederacy was comprehensively defeated, its economy shattered, its leaders in exile or in jail. Yet in the years that followed, Lincoln’s vision of a genuinely united country never took root. Apart from a few brief months, when the presence of the Union army in the South proved liberating for newly freed Black Americans, the military victory was squandered. Old white supremacist efforts returned, more ferocious than before. In Civil War by Other Means, Jeremi Suri shows how resistance to a more equal Union began immediately. From the first postwar riots to the return of Confederate exiles, to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, to the highly contested and consequential election of 1876, Suri explores the conflicts and questions Americans wrestled with as competing visions of democracy, race, and freedom came to a vicious breaking point. What emerges is a vivid and at times unsettling portrait of a country striving to rebuild itself, but unable to compromise on or adhere to the most basic democratic tenets. What should have been a moment of national renewal was ultimately wasted, with reverberations still felt today. The recent shocks to American democracy are rooted in this forgotten, urgent history.
About the Author
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the university’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Suri is the author and editor of eleven books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, most recently The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office. His other books include Henry Kissinger and the American Century, Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama, and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente. He writes widely for many publications and is also the host of the podcast This Is Democracy. He tweets at @JeremiSuri.
Jim Falk is the Program Chair at Global Santa Fe and co-hosts the TV show "The McGuistion Program" on KERA Dallas.