Brown Bag Towards an Intellectual History of Reconstruction: Ideas about Democracy, Nation, and Race in the era of Reconstruction 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7323_reconstruction_work_lg.jpg

What were the philosophical and intellectual ideas that Northern Republicans used to justify Reconstruction? This project analyzes the way that the Civil War and Reconstruction reshaped American ideas about democracy, nationalism, and race. Looking at works of political philosophy, popular pamphlets and polemics, and personal writing, this project demonstrates that, in order to justify Reconstruction, Northern thinkers had to remake their ideas about the nature of American sovereignty and what the American nation was.