Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Carwardine to Lecture on Lincoln and Emancipation

The Washington History Seminar announces the session "Lincoln and Emancipation: Presidential Intent at Home and Abroad,” by Richard Carwardine, to be held on Monday May 13, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in the Woodrow Wilson Center, 4th Floor Conference Room, Ronald Reagan Building.

The Seminar explains:
During the American Civil War Abraham Lincoln stated that his paramount object was to save the Union, leading many since to question his reputation as "The Great Emancipator." Emancipation and the nation's unity were indivisible in Lincoln's mind, and it was for the fusion and pursuit of these two ideas that British and other foreign progressives of the time esteemed him so highly. What were the international repercussions of Lincoln's actions? Even more basically, what were his actual motivations?
Richard Carwardine, previously the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, and now President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has a particular interest in the politics and religion of the Civil War era. His political biography, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, won the Lincoln Prize in 2004. An essay collection, The Global Lincoln, co-edited with Jay Sexton, appeared in 2011.
Reservations requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166.  Photo ID required for admittance to the building.  The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center.