A LeMoyne College history professor who is an expert on race relations in the early American South will speak on the Reconstruction Era at 1 p.m. Saturday. Douglas Egerton will base his talk on his book "The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era." The New York Times called Egerton's book "a dramatic portrait of on-the-ground struggles for equality in an era of great hope and brutal disappointment."
Egerton's expertise on early race relations was called upon after nine people were killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June. The church, the oldest AME congregation in the South, was co-founded in 1816 by Denmark Vesey, the subject of Egerton's book "He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey."