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Univ Virtual Book Club – fully booked

Univ Virtual Book ClubThis event is now fully booked. Please email rsvp@univ.ox.ac.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

How the South Won the Civil War by Professor Heather Cox Richardson, facilitated by Professor Adam Smith, Edward Orsborn Professor of US Politics and Political History, Professorial Fellow and Director, Rothermere American Institute

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 7pm (GMT)

We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural meeting of the Univ Virtual Book Club for Old Members and Friends of the College. One of the College’s Fellows will propose an insightful read designed to encourage an exciting discussion. Members will have time to delve into the book before convening virtually for a roundtable discussion, facilitated by the same Fellow.

In light of the upcoming United States presidential elections, we invited Professor Adam Smith, Professor of US Politics and Political History at Univ, to share his recommendation. In How the South Won the Civil War, Professor Heather Cox Richardson argues that although the South lost the Civil War on the battlefield, the oligarchical assumptions which underpinned slavery have continued to dominate American politics ever since. Professor Heather Cox Richardson is an engaging writer and provides a very user-friendly overview of American history.

The book is available from Blackwell’s.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Univ Virtual Book Club.

Profile Adam SmithProfessor Adam Smith, Professorial Fellow, holds the Edward Orsborn Professorship of US Politics and Political History at Oxford. He is also Director of the Rothermere American Institute. Prior to these appointments, he was a Professor of United States History at UCL, a lecturer at Queen Mary and a Junior Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. His latest book, The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865, was published in 2017. Professor Smith regularly presents documentaries for BBC radio and television and received the “Broadcaster of the Year” award at the UCL Communication and Culture Awards in 2015.

Read an interview with Professor Smith on the College website here.

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