TITLE: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium (Part 1)
SPEAKER: various Various
EVENT DATE: 03/04/2009
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 157 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The Library sponsored an all-day symposium commemorating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln. Commemorating the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's first inaugural address, Harold Holzer presented a talk titled "Lincoln Comes to Washington: The Journey of a President-Elect." Holzer, co-chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and senior vice president for external affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is author, co-author, or editor of 33 books on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era.
James M. McPherson spoke on "Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief." McPherson is the author of more than 15 books on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. He has won numerous prizes including the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book "Battle Cry of Freedom" and the Pritzker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
William Lee Miller discussed Lincoln's struggle to transform ideals and bring about a better understanding of freedom. Miller is a scholar of ethics and institutions at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and the author of "President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman."