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Author Event Fergus Bordewich – “Congress at War” – St. Louis County Library
February 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Acclaimed historian Fergus Bordewich presents the story of how Congress helped win the Civil War—a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory. From reinventing the nation’s financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, “Congress at War” is one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict.
Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series.
Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor or pre-order HERE
FERGUS M. BORDEWICH is the author of seven previous nonfiction books, including The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government; America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union; Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America; and Washington: The Making of the American Capital. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jean Parvin Bordewich, who works in philanthropy and writes plays.