Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Harold Holzer
Wed, August 1st, 2012 | 8:00 pm


Due to the expected inclement weather, this program will be held at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of lectures on popular topics to stimulate your mind, including Civil War history, politics, biography and the economy.

In his new book, Emancipating Lincoln, “[Harold] Holzer uncovers a complex, imperfect man who was guided by practical considerations as he struggled to both preserve and perfect the Union" (Edna Greene Medford, Howard University). Join us for this lecture as Mr. Holzer examines the impact of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and how the interpretation of it has evolved over the past 150 years.

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Harold Holzer is a winner of the National Humanities Medal and the author, coauthor or editor of forty-two books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His most recent book is Emancipating Lincoln. Mr. Holzer is the Senior Vice President, External Affairs, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group