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York College of PA Langston Lincoln Lecture to feature Boston University History Chair talk on fighting Civil War in New Deal America

October 11, 2022
Portrait of Nina Silber, standing in front of a wall of metallic siding.

York College of Pennsylvania’s annual Langston Lincoln Lecture will feature Nina Silber, John Westling Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Boston University, who will present “A ‘New Dealer of the 1860s’: Remembering ‘Honest Abe’ in 1930s America.” The event begins at 7 p.m., Oct. 18, in the Willman Business Center’s Weinstock Lecture Hall and is open to the public free of charge.

Silber’s talk will draw on her 2018 book, “This Was Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America.”

Silber has taught in both the History Department and the American and New England Studies Program since her arrival at Boston University in 1990. Her research and teaching focus is on the U.S. Civil War, U.S. women’s history, and the history of the American South.

Silber’s books include “The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900” (1993); “Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War” (1992); Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War”(2005); and “Gender and the Sectional Conflict” (2009). She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including the Charles Warren Fellowship at Harvard University, a Fulbright Senior Lectureship at Charles University in Prague, and a Senior Research Fellowship through the Boston University Humanities Foundation.

Aside from her teaching and research, Silber has also worked on numerous public history projects, ranging from museum exhibitions at the Gettysburg National Military Park to film projects on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Between June 2018 and June 2020, Silber served as President of the Society of Civil War Historians.