09/15/2013Location: Education Center Time: 1:00 PM Fee Information: Free
Homestead National Monument of America is honored to host Historian James Potter onSeptember 15, 2013 at 1 p.m.in the Education Center for a special program that will examine the Nebraska Territory during the Civil War and the impacts of Reconstruction. Afterwards, Mr. Potter will be available to sign copies of his newest book,Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867. Do not miss this exceptional program as Mr. Potter offers a unique perspective of the development of Nebraska and its citizenry during wartime and post-war reconstruction.
The bitter struggle over the fate of the nation shaped Nebraska’s history in many ways, not only during the four-year conflict itself, but for decades to come. The Civil War had both negative and positive consequences for Nebraska and its people. While it continued, emigration to the territory slowed and statehood was delayed. Nevertheless, wartime decisions by President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Congress, such as the 1862 Homestead and Pacific Railroad Acts, would benefit the new state’s rapid settlement and economic development in the postwar years. Union victory also brought the end of slavery, political and civil rights for the freedmen, and new relationships between the states and federal government, all of which had implications for Nebraska’s future.