Lantzer's book Rebel Bulldog: The Story of One Family, Two States, and the Civil War was published in 2017.


Jason S. Lantzer, "Torn Asunder: Faith, Higher Education, Politics and the Davidson family during the Civil War" 

The Davidson family of Indianapolis is a near perfect microcosm of the United States during Civil War. With roots in the South, but living in the North the family's ties to religious, education, and political leaders and institutions cast new light on the loyalties Americans felt towards their region, nation and the institution of slavery.

Central to the story is Preston Davidson, a Hoosier by birth, who fought for the Confederacy alongside his Virginian cousins. On the other side, stands his brother Dorman, who fought to preserve the Union. How these two ended up on opposing sides of the greatest conflict in American history is the story of how familial expectations, faith, higher educational opportunities, and political loyalties all played into the struggle over if the nation would be divided or united and whether or not slavery would flourish or be abolished.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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Blau Hall 1580 - Ross School of Business 
700 E. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Tracy Payovich 
The Clements Library