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Gettysburg at 150: The Battle and a Nation Reborn

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This July marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous and important battles in American history: the Battle of Gettysburg. In commemoration of the event, AEI’s Program on American Citizenship is cosponsoring an event with the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies on the significance of Gettysburg. The event, titled “Gettysburg at 150: The battle and a nation reborn,” will host renowned Gettysburg College professor Allen Guelzo, who will discuss the legacy of the battle and his new book, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.

Guelzo’s book centers around the military maneuvering before and after the three-day battle itself, and puts the momentous battle into context for modern readers, including General George Meade’s steady leadership of the Army of the Potomac. Thomas Donnelly, reviewing Gettysburg for the Wall Street Journal remarked on the book’s importance for the study of American history:

Allen Guelzo’s book is an extremely timely reminder that the American experiment has not been, as the Founders asserted, a “self-evident truth” but in fact a highly debatable proposition that needed to be proved, not just in July 1863 at Gettysburg but on many days and in many places since.

For another perspective on the Battle of Gettysburg, consider Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, with a lesson plan created by What So Proudly We Hail.