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Symposium: The Civil War and Reconstruction in the Border States

President R. Owen Williams tells the story behind the Civil War-era flag that flew over Old Morrison during the war. The handmade flag was on display during the Civil War symposium, a highlight of President Williams's inauguration.

John McCardell Jr., vice chancellor and president of the University of the South-Sewanee, discusses the concept of a border state and the changes that took place with the outbreak of hostilities when former border states like Tennessee and North Carolina became part of the Confederacy.

Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law and history at Harvard University, looks at themes involving the Reconstruction period, primarily through an analysis of the attitudes and policies of Andrew Johnson, who became president upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

David Blight, professor of American history at Yale University, speaks about the nature of Civil War memory in the border states by referencing moving passages in the work of Kentucky author and literary critic Robert Penn Warren.

Jed Shugerman, professor of law at Harvard Law School, recapitulates the presentations of three prominent scholars. In addition, he adds his own commentary, offering both amplification and alternatives to the themes presented.