Our new blog is up and running, so stay posted for regular updates and news concerning the Michael J. Colligan Project and other historical items of local and national interest. For those who missed out on previous events (or who just want to see them again) we’ve added a new video archive of our recent lectures.
This fall, the Colligan Program kicked off with a talk by literary scholar David S. Reynolds (City University of New York ) on his acclaimed new book Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America. William G. Thomas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) also spoke on The Civil War, Railroads, and Making Modern America, a talk highlighting the double-edged role of rail development as both a weapon of emancipation during the Civil War and as a technology of enslavement in the antebellum South. Most recently, Merritt Roe Smith (MIT) presented on The Civil War as a Technological Event: An Alternative View, focusing on the pre-twentieth-century roots of mass production in the US armaments industry.
The Reynolds and Thomas talks are now online. We hope you enjoy!