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4:00 - 5:30 at the Brubeck Room, Wilton Library Although race relations dominates the study of antebellum America, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through 1877, it tends to disappear in the Gilded Age, especially in the popular versions of the Gilded Age history. It shouldn't, for we can't understand the U.S. in the Gilded Age without understanding what was going on between black people and white people in the wake of Reconstruction. Nor - if we jump from the end of the first Reconstruction to the beginning of the second (imagining that beginning in 1954 or 1955) - can we understand where we are today. In this third lecture of the 8th annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society on The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century, Professor James Goodman will present a lecture on 'Race Relations and Politics in the Gilded Age.' James Goodman is a professor of History and Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Newark. He writes on the non-fiction side of the fertile borderland between history and fiction, though every now and then (and more than every now and then in the minds of some of his readers) he wanders across the line. He is the author of short stories, essays, book reviews, and three books, Stories of Scottsboro, Blackout, and But Where is the Lamb?