Treason in the Community: Internal Dynamics of Reconstruction in Tennessee, 1865-1868

In person
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 6:45pm

East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
No pre-registration is required,  seating is limited.

This talk, based on Dr. Liulevicius's new book,  examines pardon petitions from former Confederates in Tennessee to produce a comprehensive analysis of the process of Reconstruction in the Volunteer state after the Civil War, emphasizing bottom up factors. These petitions are an underutilized source base containing a wealth of insights into Tennesseans from a wide span of social and economic backgrounds and reveal details about many residents otherwise lost in the historical record. The pardons show the reality of the politically and emotionally charged post-Civil War environment when all who had sided with the Confederacy from the rich to the poor, from the eager to the reluctant, were required by law to admit wrong doing and sue for pardon to regain the privileges of citizenship including the right to vote and hold public office. New light is shed on the complicated and essentially communal character of Reconstruction.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

About the Speaker:

Kathleen Zebley Liulevicius received her Ph.D. in nineteenth century U.S. history at the University of Tennessee. She was awarded a Gilder Lehrman fellowship for post-doctoral research, and she has taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and the University of Tennessee. Her new book, _Rebel Salvation_, has appeared in the LSU Press series, _Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War_.