“The entire future of democracy was hanging in the balance”

Historian Allen Guelzo speaks on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

By Andre Damon
4 July 2013

Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg College, is the author of numerous books on American history, including Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President and his newly-released Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.

In an interview with World Socialist Web Site reporter Andre Damon, Dr. Guelzo contrasts the popular interest in the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with the scant attention paid to it by establishment politicians and the media. He places the battle in its world historical context, explaining that the victory of the North was crucial for the success of democratic forms of ruling in the United States and internationally.