Eric Foner, Author of Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution
Eric Foner, author of Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, will give the keynote address at a symposium on The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory, presented by the History Center at USC and Historic Columbia, April 21 & 22. Foner will discuss The Significance of Reconstruction in American History, April 21 from 6:00 to 7:00pm at Ladson Presbyterian Church, 1720 Sumter Street. A Pulitzer Prize winning historian and widely acclaimed teacher, Foner has written about slavery, the Underground Railroad, Emancipation and Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most widely assigned textbooks on U.S. history, Give Me Liberty! Foner has been involved with efforts to expand public knowledge and understanding of the Reconstruction era, and has actively supported efforts to create a Reconstruction interpretive site in Beaufort. South Carolina was the site of many of Reconstruction’s most notable achievements, the place where its provisions were most hotly and violently challenged, and a place where public commemoration of this past remains contested.