Original Author: With Good Reason, a program of Virginia Humanities
Created: October 9, 2010

Race, Slavery, and the Civil War

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the nation’s finest historians gathered on September 24th at Norfolk State University to discuss the role of race and slavery in the war that cost hundreds of thousands of American lives. With topics including the myth of black Confederates, the quest for black rights in the middle of the war, and the role of the Underground Railroad as a cause for the war, With Good Reason presents highlights from the conference. Among the speakers and the topics of their talks are: James O. Horton on "The Unfinished Civil War"; David Blight on “John Washington; How, When, Where and Why Emancipation Happened"; and James McPherson on “Slavery, Freedom, and the Union Navy.” With Good Reason is a program of Virginia Humanities Radio.