Past Programs
Lincoln and Emancipation
Louis P. Masur, Edna Greene Medford, James Oakes
Thu, January 17th, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


In the pantheon of American Presidents, only George Washington can rival Abraham Lincoln for impact, influence and a continued relevance in the American imagination. Four historians consider Lincoln’s most dramatic legacy: the Emancipation Proclamation. This seminal document has been used by those who wish to hail him as the Great Emancipator and by those who wish to pillory him because they consider his once radical effort at emancipation insufficient.


Louis P. Masur is Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. Edna Greene Medford is Professor of History at Howard University and the editor of Historical Perspectives of the African Burial Ground Project. James Oakes is the author of the new book Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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