Noted Civil War Scholar to Speak at Yale

- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mark Neely will deliver the 2d annual Frank K. Bosworth, Jr. Lecture at Yale on October 25, at 4 PM in the Lecture Hall of Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, New Haven.

A highly regarded authority on the Civil War, Neely will talk on “ ‘The Little Engine’: Lincoln’s Ambition and the Civil War.” The free lecture is open to the public.

Neely holds his B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale and is the McCabe-Greer Professor of Civil War History at Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1992 for his book, “The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.” He has also authored, among other books and articles, “The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia;” “The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America;” and, most recently, “Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism.” He is working on the forthcoming “The Civil War and the Two-Party System.”

The lecture series was established from a bequest by Frank K. Bosworth Jr. (Yale, ‘45). It is dedicated to promote the subject of American history, with a preference for the pre-Civil War period.

The first Bosworth lecture was delivered last year by Jefferson scholar Joseph J. Ellis.

For information, contact the Department of History, 432-1363.

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