Civil War scholar Terry Alford to visit VC

Oct. 15, 2011 at 5:15 a.m.

Terry Alford

Terry Alford

Victoria College will welcome historian Terry Alford as the second speaker in this year's Lyceum Lecture Series. Alford, a nationally recognized scholar on John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assassination, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in VC's Johnson Symposium.

Alford is a professor at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College where he teaches survey courses in U.S. history.

His Lyceum presentation will focus on Lincoln's assassin, whose political sentiments were common throughout the South in 1865. His expertise on this subject has earned him appearances on "20/20," ABC News, the History Channel, the Discovery Network and PBS. "Fortune's Fool,"

Alford's biography of Booth, was published by Oxford University Press this year.

Alford's visit is part of "The Civil War in Texas" Conference hosted by the VC/UHV Library commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War. Alford's participation in the conference is supported by the Kathryn O'Connor Foundation.

In addition to "Fortune's Fool" and another book about John Wilkes Booth, Alford is also the author of the award-winning book "Prince Among Slaves," the celebrated story of an African royal enslaved in the antebellum south. The book was turned into a documentary shown on PBS in 2008 that attracted a national audience of more than 3 million viewers.



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