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John Matteson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, looks at the enduring legacy of the Civil War.
The American Inspiration author series by American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning author with his latest work, “A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation.”

December 1862: As Abraham Lincoln’s government threatened to fracture, five extraordinary individuals were tested – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., army chaplain Arthur Fuller, poet Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and John Pelham, a West Point cadet on the other side of the national schism. The months ahead had repercussions in the country’s law, literature, politics, and popular mythology. Don’t miss hearing about the lives of these individuals and John Matteson’s new work, an interweaving of the personal and the historic. Our featured author will be joined on screen by guest moderator author Debby Applegate, also winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.

John Matteson received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for “Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father” and the Ann M. Sperber Prize for “The Lives of Margaret Fuller.” A Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the editor of “The Annotated Little Women.”

Debby Applegate is an historian and biographer. Her first book, “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher,” won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for biography and was a finalist for the “Los Angeles Times” Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.

Mar 23, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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