Public responses to Lincoln’s assassination have been well chronicled, but New York University Professor of History Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of African Americans and whites, Yankees and Confederates, soldiers and civilians. In this talk, she investigates the reaction on a human scale to America’s first presidential assassination, when the future of the nation was at stake for everyone whether they grieved or rejoiced at the news.
Martha Hodes is Professor of History at New York University, and has taught as a Fulbright scholar in Germany and as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. In addition to Mourning Lincoln, she is the author of The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century, which was a finalist for the Lincoln Book Prize, and White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South, winner of the Allan Nevins Prize for Literary Distinction in the Writing of History.
Hosted by the Vermont Humanities Council, The Norwich Public Library and the Norwich Historical Society; and presented with Dartmouth College History Department. The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with books for purchase and author signing.
How did individual Americans respond to the shock of President Lincoln's assassination? Diaries, letters, and intimate writings reveal a complicated, untold story.
Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the extraordinary world of Eunice Connolly. Born white and poor in New England, Eunice moved from countryside to factory city, worked in the mills, then followed her husband to the Deep South. When the Civil War came, Eunice's brothers joined the Union army while her husband fought and died for the Confederacy.
This book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America's past: liaisons between Southern white women and black men.