The New York Times and the Silent President-Elect
On the 150th anniversary of the election of the 16th president, historian Harold Holzer spoke about President-Elect Abraham Lincoln’s… read more
On the 150th anniversary of the election of the 16th president, historian Harold Holzer spoke about President-Elect Abraham Lincoln’s strategic silence during what was known as “The Secession Winter.” From Election Day until Inauguration Day in March 1861, he declined to speak publicly. Lincoln called his silence “masterful inactivity.” Mr. Holzer is the author of Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 (Simon & Schuster, 2008). He also talked about the New York Times coverage of the Civil War prior to and during the war. He is the co-editor of The New York Times: The Complete Civil War 1861-1865 (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2010). He also responded to questions from members of the audience.
“The New York Times and the Silent President-Elect” was the Tuesday evening opening keynote address of the 15th annual Lincoln Forum, “The Coming of the Civil War: Enter Lincoln, Exit the South,” held at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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