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The American Future

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Historian Simon Schama looks at four themes in American history as they played out in the lives of historical figures—like Civil War general Montgomery Meigs—in his book The American Future.

Event: Simon Schama will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Upper West Side
2289 Broadway, at 82nd Street

Guests:

Simon Schama

Comments [5]

Karen from Westchester

1880 - 1914 was only 34 years of open harbor to persecuted and hungry immigrants.
The closed gates to Jews during the Holocaust, and especially racism is chronically underestimated in American history and political science.

May. 20 2009 01:02 PM
Gene

Meigs also built the National Buildings Museum building, originally built to process the massive Civil War vets' paperwork, and one of the 100 most-loved buildings in the US; truly a wonder to visit in DC.

May. 20 2009 12:58 PM
j from west point ny

actually, leonard, montgomery c meigs seized robert e lee's land after his own son (meigs' son) was bushwhacked by rebel troops

meigs blamed lee personally for the death of his son and wanted to penalize him. he immediately ordered the burial of troops in lee's wife's rose gardens on the property, beginning the use of arlington house's grounds as a military cemetary

May. 20 2009 12:57 PM
Mike from Downtown Manhattan

Excellent interview, Leonard. Please have Mr. Schama on your show on a daily basis.

May. 20 2009 12:55 PM
Karen from Westchester

Evangelical Christians in Britain are associated with backgrounds similar to C.S. Lewis and Malcolm Muggeridge

May. 20 2009 12:53 PM

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