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Richmond’s Gilded Age: The Grit Behind the Glitz by Brian Burns

Thursday, November 2, 12:00pm1:00pm
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Location:
Virginia Historical Society
Robins Family Forum
Part of the Banner Lecture Series category.
Part of the program.
On November 2, 2017, at noon, Brian Burns will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled “Richmond’s Gilded Age: The Grit Behind the Glitz.”

Gilded Age in Richmond: Gaiety, Greed and Lost Cause ManiaIn the aftermath of the Civil War, Richmond entered the Gilded Age seeking bright prospects while struggling with its own past. During a labor convention in conservative Richmond, white supremacists prepared to enforce segregation at gunpoint. Progressives attempted to gain political power by unveiling a wondrous new marvel: Richmond’s first electric streetcar. Handsome lawyer Thomas J. Cluverius was accused of murdering a pregnant woman and dumping her body in the city reservoir, sparking Richmond’s trial of the century. And after Jefferson Davis’s death in 1889, elites launched an arduous monument-building campaign, which proved a comedy of errors. Author Brian Burns takes us on a romp through the River City as it headed toward a new century.

Brian Burns recently published his third book, Gilded Age Richmond: Gaiety, Greed and Lost Cause Mania. His previous titles include Lewis Ginter: Richmond’s Gilded Age Icon and Curiosities of the Confederate Capital: Untold Richmond Stories of the Spectacular, Tragic, and Bizarre.

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