Labor, Literature and Landmark Lecture Series, Winter/Spring 2017

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen is pleased to present

CITY OF SEDITION: The History of New York During the Civil War, With Author John Strausbaugh


The Program starts at 6:30 P.M.  


In a talk, based on his enthralling new book, City of Sedition: The History of New York During the Civil War, author John Strausbaugh will detail the hugely conflicted role that New York City played in the Civil War. Mr. Strausbaugh will bring to life what it was like to live in New York City during this highly divisive and violent period. He describes how it was highly unlikely Abraham Lincoln would have made it to the White House without support from New York City. Yet, as he outlines in his book, the majority of New Yorkers never voted for him and were openly hostile to him and his politics.

In City of Sedition a gallery of fascinating New Yorkers comes to life, including: Horace Greeley, Walt Whitman, Julia Ward Howe, Boss Tweed, Thomas Nast, Matthew Brady and Herman Melville. The book follows the fortunes of these figures and chronicles how many New Yorkers seized the opportunities the conflict presented, laying the foundation for the City’s growth.

John Strausbaugh has been writing about the culture and history of New York City for a quarter of a century. The Village, his epic history of Greenwich Village, has been widely praised and was selected as one of

Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2013. City of Sedition has won the Civil War Roundtable of New York’s Fletcher Pratt award for best non-fiction book of 2016. It has also been optioned for television by the Weinstein Company.

“Strausbaugh weaves an ambitious and sprawling narrative while piecing together a crazy quilt of historical facts and fascinating anecdotes.”

The New York Times

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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