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Lectures & Conversations
Lincoln and the Power of the Press
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Harold Holzer, Jonathan Alter (moderator)
Wed, November 5th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)


Abraham Lincoln spoke directly to the public through the press, and when the Civil War broke out he authorized the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, closing down “disloyal” papers and even jailing editors who opposed enlistment or sympathized with secession. Historian Harold Holzer illuminates how Lincoln utilized the press to preserve the Union, abolish slavery, and shape the nation.

Harold Holzer has written and edited more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era and is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. His newest book is Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion. Jonathan Alter (moderator) is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist, and television analyst.


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


By phone*: Please contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online*: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

*Service fee of $2.75 applies per online or over-the-phone order. (Fee waived for New-York Historical Society members.) Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. No exchanges are permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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