February 9, 2011
Segment A: The Civil War
Today we examine “The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War.” It's part of an upcoming program in Williamsburg entitled: “Storm on the Horizon: Slavery, Disunion and the Roots of the Civil War." Joining us for the conversation is one of the program's speakers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. Wood examines the emerging sectional split from the Revolution to about 1820 which for much of that period was hidden from view. Local historian John Quarstein also joins for the conversation.
The Chautauqua Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture present Storm on the Horizon: Slavery, Disunion and the Roots of the Civil War February 18-19 at the Williamsburg Lodge.
Dr. Gordon S. Wood - Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University
John Quarstein - Historian
Segment B: Textbook Errors: A History of Mistakes?
There is legislation currently in the General Assembly to tighten the review process of textbooks in Virginia classrooms. The bill comes to light after a two elementary school history books were found with dozens of errors including that the United States entered World War I in 1916 instead of 1917 and that the Confederacy had 12 states instead of 11.
Carol Sheriff - Professor of History at the College Of William & Mary