The Civil War: AHTV - Lincoln Forum - day 2 Historians discuss Lincoln and the Civil War, covering topics such as fugitive slaves, Grant's memoirs, the Lincoln Memorial, and women during the Civil War.

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    6:00 PM EST

    Creating the Lincoln Memorial

    The dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., took place in 1922, almost 60 years after Abraham Lincoln’s death. Harold Holzer talked about his book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, which examines the life of the sculptor best known for the statue of Lincoln that serves as the memorial’s centerpiece. This talk took place at the annual Lincoln Forum symposium.

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    5:59 PM EST

    Ex-Confederates and Post-Civil War Pardons

    Author and former jurist Frank Williams looked at the question facing Union leaders in the post-war era: Should ex-Confederates receive pardons? He discussed President Andrew Johnson’s lenient approach after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. He also talked about the cases of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee -- both of whom avoided prosecution -- as well as that of Henry Wirz, the Andersonville prison commander who was executed. This program was from the annual Lincoln Forum symposium.

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    5:59 PM EST

    Lincoln and the Fugitive Slave Act

    Andrew Delbanco is the author of The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. He talked about Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts and writings on slavery, and described how the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act galvanized many northerners to become more active abolitionists. This talk took place at the annual Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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    5:59 PM EST

    Ulysses S. Grant's Memoirs

    John Marszalek, editor of an annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs, discussed Grant’s process for writing, his relationship with Abraham Lincoln and why he focused on the Civil War and excluded his presidency. This program is from the annual Lincoln Forum symposium.

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    5:59 PM EST

    Women During the Civil War

    A group of historians discussed the different ways women experienced the Civil War, depending on class, race and geography. They examined the relationship between Union generals and their wives, the additional burdens for women on the home front, and the difficult choices faced by enslaved women in their quest for freedom. This was part of the annual Lincoln Forum symposium.

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    9:00 AM EST

    Lincoln Forum - day 2

    Historians discuss Lincoln and the Civil War, covering topics such as fugitive slaves, Grant’s memoirs, the Lincoln Memorial, and women during the Civil War.