Christopher Dickey - Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Dickey, currently the France-based foreign editor for The Daily Beast, has headed bureaus around the world for The Washington Post and Newsweek. He’s looked at recent history in several books, including Summer of Deliverance, as well as creating his own events in two novels. His new history combines a little of all these interests. Focusing on Robert Bunch, the British consul to the U.S. from 1853 to 1864, Dickey tells a story of diplomacy, spies, and servitude as Bunch’s Charleston friends pushed for Great Britain’s official recognition of the Confederacy, while Bunch resisted an action he knew would reinvigorate the slave trade, which he abhorred.

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