In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a capable yet insecure man, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (court-martialed twice in six years) and the new corporate economy, a wartime emancipator who rejected racial equality.
The Atlanta History Center offers a variety of lectures throughout the year showcasing award-winning authors who share insight into their latest publication. Books are available for purchase in the Atlanta History Center Museum Shop during lectures and a book signing follows each Aiken, Elson, and Livingston lecture. View lectures presented at the Margaret Mitchell House, our Midtown campus.
Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online. All lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
If you are an Insiders member ($500 Patron level and above), please email your reservation request to Insiders@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101.
- Audience:Interests:Dec 3 2015 - 8:00pm
- Interests:Dec 8 2015 - 8:00pm
In February of 1915, The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the play and novel The Clansman by Thomas Dixon, Jr., was released to the public. The film was a commercial success, though it was highly controversial owing to its portrayal of black men as primitive and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force. In many ways the film crystallized damaging stereotypes that American film still struggles with today.
- Interests:Dec 15 2015 - 7:00pm
Since its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind has held a unique position in American cultural memory, both for its particular vision of the American South in the age of the Civil War and for its often controversial portrayals of race, gender, and class. New Approaches to Gone With the Wind offers neither apology nor rehabilitation for the novel and its Oscar-winning film adaptation. Instead, the nine essays provide distinct, compelling insights that challenge and complicate conventional associations.
- Interests:Jan 12 2016 - 7:00pm
During the course of his nine years working as an EMT, mostly for Grady hospital in Atlanta, Kevin Hazzard, along with a rotating cast of sometimes terrific and sometimes ill-prepared partners, saw and treated it all: drug overdoses, stabbings, shootings, car accidents, and psychotic episodes. His calls ranged from the almost mundane to the truly surreal.
- Interests:Jan 15 2016 - 7:00pm
In 2009, Janice Y. K. Lee burst onto the literary scene with her New York Times bestselling debut, The Piano Teacher. Now, Lee returns with The Expatriates, a stunning novel that explores the emotions, identities, and relationships of three American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong.
- Interests:Jan 19 2016 - 7:00pm
A spellbinding debut, Ed Tarkington’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart draws you into a small-town Southern Gothic story of family fealty, scandal, and murder. This coming-of-age tale explores the troubled bond between two half-brothers, set against a backdrop of the hazards of love, jealousy, and madness.
- Interests:Jan 21 2016 - 7:30pm
Discovering Dave: Spirit Captures in Clay is a documentary that revolves around the story of the Edgefield, South Carolina, slave potter named David Drake. David, who used his skills as a craftsman, created beautiful pottery, which included jars and pitchers, during the turbulent 1800s. While producing thousands of pots in his lifetime, David also wrote poetry. He was one of the first African American slaves to sign many of his works. His story is a testament to his willingness to be heard and to leave his mark for ages to come, even at risk of severe punishment.
- Interests:Jan 28 2016 - 7:00pm
Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie.
- Interests:Feb 3 2016 - 7:00pm
Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends. Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman – a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.
- Interests:Feb 4 2016 - 7:00pm
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market, located a block off Auburn Avenue in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, is the city’s only Municipal Market. The almost century-old market was created in the ashes of the Great Fire of 1917, and built in the then epicenter of the city to serve as many citizens as possible. The space has long been a source of fresh food, tradition, and community in Atlanta.