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Adam Goodheart is a historian, journalist and critic whose new book is the New York Times best-selling and critically praised "1861: The Civil War Awakening" (Knopf). He has contributed frequent essays and reviews to The New York Times (where he also served as deputy editor of the Op-Ed page), National Geographic, Smithsonian and The Atlantic, among many other publications. At Washington College, Goodheart is the director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, which fosters innovative approaches to history and culture through writing fellowships, prizes, public events, teacher seminars and student programs.