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    Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided?

    One hundred and fifty years after the outbreak of the Civil War, a panel of historians debated whether or not the war could have been avoided. They also responded to questions from…

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    Conduct of the Civil War in 1861

    Lincoln and Civil War scholars debated why the Civil War didn’t end in 1861, the year that it began. They discussed why the numerous advantages of the Union did not bring the war…

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    Southern Perceptions of Abraham Lincoln

    Peter Carmichael talked about Southern perceptions of Abraham Lincoln after the 1860 election. With four candidates on the ballot, Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election…

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    Lincoln Assassination Conspirators

    Mr. Weinberg and Mr. Swanson talked about the conspirators involved in the assassination of President Lincoln, including the trial of the conspirators and subsequent hanging of…

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    Robert Todd Lincoln

    Jason Emerson talked about Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s oldest son. He is the author of the forthcoming biography, Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T.…

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    Book Discussion on Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    James L. Swanson, a member of the advisory committee for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, talked about his forthcoming book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,…

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    New York City Draft Riots

    Author Barnet Schecter talked about the causes, progression, and consequences of the New York City Draft Riots of July 1863. He spoke at the 2013 Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg,…

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    Why Was Lincoln Murdered?

    The Lincoln Forum symposium meets annually near the November 19th anniversary of the Gettysburg address to hear from authors and scholars on the 16th president. The most recent meeting…

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    Lincoln and the West

    James McPherson spoke about President Abraham Lincoln’s connection to the West and his opposition to the expansion of slavery. He responded to questions from members of the…

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    Life in the Lincoln White House

    Author and architectural historian William Seale discussed life in the Lincoln White House and how the Lincoln family’s presence there during wartime reinforced the idea of the White…

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    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    Harvard University professor John Stauffer talked about the origins and evolution of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” He spoke at the 18th Annual Lincoln Forum Symposium in…

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    Portraying Historical Figures

    Actor Stephen Lang portrayed James Jackson Purman - a Union first lieutenant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg. Mr. Lang presented…

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    The Election of 1860

    As part of the Ninth Annual Lincoln Forum, Professor Long discussed President Abraham Lincoln and his election campaign of 1860 in great detail. The 1860 election was most important…

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    Gettysburg Address Re-Enactment

    As part of the ceremony marking the 137th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, an actor portraying President Lincoln delivered the address. This is part of program 161146-1.

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    Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

    Professor William Davis talked about Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee, and the roles they assumed into and through the Civil War. He responded to…

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    President Lincoln's Humor

    Richard Carwardine talked about the humor of President Abraham Lincoln. Topics included the political satire of the Civil War era. Then he responded to questions from members of…

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    Southern Women's Views of the North and Lincoln

    Victoria Ott talked about the views of young, Southern, upper-class women toward President Abraham Lincoln and the North. Professor Ott is the author of Confederate Daughters: Coming…

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    Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864

    Mr. Glatthaar talked about Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for president in 1864, his relationship with the Union high command, and the influence of the war and emancipation on the…

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    Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    Historians and authors talked about the events and circumstances around Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication ceremony of Soldiers' National…

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    Abraham Lincoln and the Todd Family

    History professor Stephen Berry talked about the relationships of President Abraham Lincoln and the Todd family - the 13 brothers and sisters of first lady Mary Todd…

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