Eric Foner: The Significance of Reconstruction in American History

Eric Foner gave the 2013 James A. Field Lecture in History, "The Significance of Reconstruction in American History." Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of multiple books including, most recently, the Pulitzer, Bancroft, Lincoln Prize-winning The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2011).

James A. Field, Jr., was the Isaac H. Clothier Professor of History and International Relations at Swarthmore College, serving on the faculty from 1947 until his retirement in 1986. Widely published in the fields of American Naval History and International Relations, Field also served four years in the Navy during World War II. He won the Bronze Star for heroism, helping in the evacuation of a small aircraft carrier that was damaged by a kamikaze attack in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The James A. Field, Jr. Lecture Endowment was established by Thomas D. Jones, Jr. '53 and Vera Lundy Jones '58, in 2001, and is named after the late James A. Field, Jr., a distinguished professor of history at Swarthmore College from 1947 to 1986. The Field Endowment supports a biennial lecture by visiting scholars at Swarthmore College on the subject of the history of the United States.