In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including biography, Civil War history, politics, and more.
Abraham Lincoln is among the most admired former presidents in the eyes of the American public, but to a dedicated minority he is reviled as a criminal who defied the Constitution and advanced federal power. Historian John McKee Barr surveys the broad array of criticisms—from both conservatives and liberals alike—that surrounded the nation's 16th president and how the legacy of “loathing Lincoln” persists to the present day.
John McKee Barr, author of Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present, is a professor of history at Lone Star College–Kingwood.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.