Few events in history have been as consequential in defining American identity as the Civil War and its corresponding march to freedom. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the war, this lecture reflects on the legal and political struggle toward the abolition of slavery. James Coll, a history professor at Nassau Community College and an NYPD detective, will discuss the Emancipation Proclamation as well as wartime legislative developments dealing with the institution of slavery. He will also talk about the subsequent policy for Reconstruction of the South that resulted in nothing short of a revolution in American constitutional theory. This program is offered through the New York Council for the Humanities.