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Lincoln’s Legacy: A Dual Perspective

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1D0046
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Abraham Lincoln, a staunch advocate of democracy, believed in the fundamental principles of the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Two leading Lincoln scholars, Allen C. Guelzo and Harold Holzer, discuss the intricacies of Lincoln's legacy, providing a dual perspective on the challenges and triumphs that defined the nation during the 19th century and drawing parallels to the complexities of the current one.

Discussing his new book, Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment, Guelzo reveals Lincoln's commitment to the delicate balance between majority and minority rule, showcasing how this belief shaped his actions during the war and beyond. He also offers a compelling glimpse into Lincoln as a visionary thinker, analyzing his perspectives on civil liberties, race, and government, asserting that Lincoln's unique viewpoint would have made him a pivotal president even without the Civil War.

Holzer explores the impact of ten million foreign-born individuals who settled in the United States before the Civil War, forever altering the nation’s demographics, culture, and—perhaps most significantly—voting patterns. Drawing on his new book, Brought Forth on This Continent: Abraham Lincoln and American Immigration, Holzer examines Lincoln’s political career through the lens of immigration, from his role as a member of an increasingly nativist political party to his evolution into an immigration champion, a progression that would come at the same time as he refined his views on abolition and Black citizenship. 

Brought Forth on This Continent (Dutton) and Our Ancient Faith (Knopf) are available for purchase.

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