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  • 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…

    744 views
  • 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.…

    672 views
  • Upbringings of Ulysses S Grant and Robert E Lee
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    Upbringings of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

    Historian and author William Davis talked about the different upbringings of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and how their childhoods impacted their later lives. Mr. Davis argues that Grant’s…

    1,885 views
  • Discussion on Mathew Brady and Civil War Photography
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    Mathew Brady and Civil War Photography

    Robert Wilson, author of Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation, talked about Brady’s photography before the Civil War and and how it changed in the following years. He also talked about the…

    810 views
  • Discussion on the Presidential Campaign of 1864
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    Presidential Campaign of 1864

    Panelists talked about factors that had an impact on President Lincoln’s re-election campaign in 1864. They spoke about President Lincoln’s expansion of presidential war powers and his relationship…

    518 views
  • Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee
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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 questions from members of the…

    753 views
  • President Abraham Lincoln and Leadership
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    President Abraham Lincoln and Leadership

    Mr. Perret talked about President Lincoln as a leader, and compared Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, and John F. Kennedy. Following prepared remarks, he responded to…

    436 views
  • Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided
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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 members of the audience. Frank…

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  • emThe New York Timesem and the Silent PresidentElect
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    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 strategic silence during what was known as “The Secession Winter.” From Election Day until…

    485 views
  • Lincolns Right Makes Might Speech
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    Lincoln's Right Makes Might Speech

    A performance commemorated the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s “Right Makes Might” speech on the stage where it was originally delivered on February 27, 1860. In the speech, Lincoln…

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  • Presidential Power in Wartime
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    Presidential Power in Wartime

    A discussion was held on the expansion of executive power during a time of war. President Lincoln’s successors have raised much more controversy than he did as they have sought to expand presidential…

    760 views
  • Lincoln and the West
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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 audience. “Lincoln and the…

    448 views
  • President Lincolns Humor
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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 the audience. Former Rhode Island Chief…

    523 views
  • 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.…

    301 views
  • Collecting Lincoln Memorabilia
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    Collecting Lincoln Memorabilia

    Historians and collectors participated in a panel discussion on Lincoln memorabilia. Topics included how the panelists became collectors, how pieces connect to Lincoln and his era,…

    304 views
  • 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…

    248 views
  • New Lincoln Books
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    New Lincoln Books

    Lincoln scholars Frank Williams and Harold Holzer talked about recent and upcoming books about President Lincoln at the annual Lincoln Forum Symposium.

    121 views
  • emThe Whirlwind of Warem
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    The Whirlwind of War

    Stephen Oates spoke about his efforts to recount Civil War history through the words, both real and synthesized, of some of the major actors. He recounted the war through a series of…

    136 views
  • Lincoln Assassination Special Part 2
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    Lincoln Assassination Special, Part 2

    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 2005 meeting was devoted to studying…

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  • Lincoln Assassination Special
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    Lincoln Assassination Special

    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 2005 meeting was devoted…

    566 views
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