Author Dinner - Finding Our Collective Appomattox: Searching for Peace at the End of the American Civil War
Description: After four long years of horrific fighting, a young nation found itself deeply scarred by nearly 700,000 fresh graves, and struggling to understand what had just transpired. Facing an uncertain future, with no assurance that a national resurrection would ever come, Americans nonetheless moved forward. Author and historian Thomas Flagel investigates how this was possible. In a multimedia review, he retells the story of how a population managed to piece together some semblance of reality, after they suffered through a most surreal war.