This is from the Road From Appomattox symposium I mentioned last month.
Here’s Professor Edward Ayers kicking off the symposium.
The video’s description reads, “Edward Ayers talked about the end of the Civil War and the dawn of the Reconstruction era. He contended that Reconstruction began as early as the summer and fall of 1864. Mr. Ayers pointed to the Republican party expanding to include Democrats who supported the Union war effort, leading to Abraham Lincoln’s landslide re-election. He also spoke about Union victories on the battlefield, including the fall of Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley campaign.”