American Visions with Edward Ayers

Cover of American Visions We are continuing our streak of local authors with returning friend

Edward Ayers.

American Visions explores the critical era when the American nation and its culture took shape, focusing on the men and women who celebrated ideals of shared humanity and free expression in the face of growing Black slavery and Native dispossession.  It presents poets, novelists, artists, and musicians in the same frame as abolitionists, women’s rights advocates, and early environmentalists, defining an authentic American history still valuable today. 

There’s more to every story, and the making of America is no exception. Visions for a more perfect union—often originating from the margins of society—continue to shape our nation in profound ways. These original voices are resurfaced in the book American Visions and brought to life through short films, original sources, and visits to the places where history unfolded.

Learn more about the book and sources HERE

Edward Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama atEdward Ayers the White House, served as president of the Organization of American Historians, and won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history. Ayers is the executive director of New American History and Bunk, online projects designed to help students and teachers to see the nation’s history in new ways.  He is university professor and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.

Event date: 

Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

10464 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Gleneagle Center
Henrico, VA 23223
American Visions: The United States, 1800-1860 By Edward L. Ayers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881264
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 24th, 2023

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ISBN: 9780393356434
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 23rd, 2018

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