Friday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. --postponed until further notice
“Emancipating Lincoln: How the Great Emancipator Led---and Misled---America to Freedom,”
By Harold Holzer
Co-sponsored by the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College
In its own time, the Emancipation Proclamation was considered a politically risky, even revolutionary act. In more recent years, many Americans have been taught that it was cautious, insincere, and ineffective. What was the true impact and intent of Lincoln's most famous executive order? And what did he do to prepare the public for its announcement--sometimes to the detriment of his own reputation? This lecture will examine the weeks leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation, and explore the occasional differences between what Lincoln said and what he did on the issue of slavery.
Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008.
Harold Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 43 books. His latest books are How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, the official young adult companion book to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln film; and Emancipating Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation In Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard University Press).
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