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  • Women During the Civil War
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    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…

  • Creating the Lincoln Memorial
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    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…

  • Abraham Lincoln Sarah Josepha Hale and Thanksgiving
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    Abraham Lincoln, Sarah Josepha Hale, and Thanksgiving

    Author Melanie Kirkpatrick talked about the history of Thanksgiving in America, including President Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863 during the Civil War making it a national holiday. She also reflected…

  • President Andrew Johnsons Legacy
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    President Andrew Johnson's Legacy

    Harvard University professor Annette Gordon-Reed talked about the legacy of Andrew Johnson, the nation’s 17th president who took office following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. Professor…

  • Abraham Lincolns Friendships
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    Abraham Lincoln's Friendships

    Scholars talked about Abraham Lincoln’s friendships, both before and after he became president. This discussion was part of the annual Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Freedmen During Reconstruction
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    Freedmen During Reconstruction

    Historians talked about what life was like for Freedmen after the Civil War and the overall successes and failures of Reconstruction. They spoke about educational opportunities, land…

  • Reconstruction After Lincolns Assassination
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    Reconstruction After Lincoln's Assassination

    Frank Williams talked about politics and culture after President Lincoln’s assassination and the Reconstruction Era that followed. This talk was part of the annual Lincoln Forum Symposium.…

  • Johnston and Shermans April 1865 Meeting
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    Johnston and Sherman's April 1865 Meeting

    Craig Symonds and John Marszalek talked about the April 1865 meeting between Union General William Sherman and Confederate General Joseph Johnston, where Johnston surrendered the last major Confederate…

  • Grants Terms of Surrender at Appomattox
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    Grant's Terms of Surrender at Appomattox

    Joan Waugh talked about how Union General Ulysses S. Grant conducted the surrender at Appomattox and sought to foster an atmosphere of reconciliation with the defeated Confederates. She…

  • US Colored Troops
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    U.S. Colored Troops

    Howard University History Department Chair Edna Greene Medford talked about the establishment, challenges, enlistment, and service of the United States Colored Troops during the U.S. Civil…

  • emManhunt  The 12Day Chase for Lincolns Killerem
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    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,…

  • Lincoln and the Soldiers Vote in 1864
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    Lincoln and the Soldiers' Vote in 1864

    Judge Williams, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, talked about the reasons that 70 percent of the soldiers of the Union Army voted for Lincoln in the 1864 election.…

  • Black Reaction to Emancipation Proclamation
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    Black Reaction to Emancipation Proclamation

    Edna Medford talked about the reaction of free black and slave to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. She also talked about the participation of free blacks in Northern…

  • emDont Shoot That Boy  Abraham Lincoln and Military Justiceem
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    Don\'t Shoot That Boy!: Abraham Lincoln and Military Justice

    Dr. Lowry talked about his book Don’t Shoot That Boy!: Abraham Lincoln and Military Justice, published by Da Capo Press. At the 10th Annual Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg,…

  • Lincolns Second Inaugural Address
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    Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

    Mr. White talked about President Lincoln and the Civil War, focusing on President Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Following prepared remarks, he responded to questions from the audience. Mr.…

  • Lincolns Views on Religion and Politics
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    Lincoln's Views on Religion and Politics

    Mr. Morel talked about President Lincoln views on mixing politics and religion. Following prepared remarks, he responded to questions from the audience. Mr. Morel is the author of Lincoln’s…

  • Religion in the Lincoln Marriage
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    Religion in the Lincoln Marriage

    Ms. Baker talked about the role of religion in the Lincoln marriage. Following prepared remarks, she responded to questions from the audience. Ms. Baker is the author of Mary Todd Lincoln:…