The historic site will host a lecture and book signing by historian Amy S. Greenberg, author of the new book, “A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 Invasion of Mexico.” The book examines the Mexican War, the opposition to the war, and the creation of America’s first national anti-war movement. Ulysses S. Grant, who fought in the Mexican War, declared it among the most “wicked” ever waged, and admitted near the end of his life, “I thought so at the time, when I was a youngster, only I had not moral courage enough to resign.” This talk will consider the disillusionment of U.S soldiers, officers like Grant, politicians like Abraham Lincoln, and civilians back home against America's first war for empire. Greenberg holds a doctorate from Harvard University, and is currently the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Penn State.
Greenberg’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Tickets for the lecture cost $10 in advance, and entitle the ticket-holder to a $10 credit toward a purchase of $10 or more in the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site sales area on the day of the event. Reservations can be made by calling 314-842-1867 x230, or in person at the park’s visitor center.