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Lincoln and the Civil War: 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation


September 12, 2013

Freedom to the slave., Digital ID 1257593, New York Public LibraryFreedom to the Slave

Historian Eric Foner's talk, in the year of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, will discuss the significance of that crucial document, in terms of the Civil War, the place of African-Americans in American society, and the evolution of Lincoln's own thinking about slavery.  He will examine the causes that led to the issuing of the document, and its consequences for Lincoln himself, and the broader society. 

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. He received his doctoral degree at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians, and one of a handful to have won the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year.

Co-Presented with the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy

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