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  • Thursday 20th

    April 2017

  • From 06:30 PM

    To 08:00 PM

  • O'Hare Academic Center
    Newport, RI 02840 United States

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Unconditional Surrender: The Failure of Peace Negotiations in the American Civil War

Speaker: James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Most wars in American history have been ended by peace negotiations that led to a treaty between the contending parties: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, even in some respects the Vietnam War.  The two major exceptions are the Civil War and World War II, which ended in unconditional surrender and the utter destruction of the losing side’s government and political structure.  The lecture will discuss the various efforts for a negotiated peace during the Civil War and will analyze why they failed–indeed, why they really had no chance to succeed.

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