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VIRTUAL TALK: “Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington” with Ted Widmer
August 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
LINCOLN ON THE VERGE:
Thirteen Days to Washington
February 11, 1861. On the eve of his 52nd birthday, Abraham Lincoln boarded a train. The President-Elect of the United States was on the way to the White House for his inauguration, an inauguration Southerners vowed to prevent by any means necessary. He was uncertain what he would find when he arrived there—if he arrived there. Bankrupt and rudderless, the government was on the verge of collapse. To make matters worse, he learned of a conspiracy to assassinate him as he passed through Baltimore. Yet, from the moment the Presidential Special left the station, a new Lincoln was on display. Drawing on all his mental and physical reserves, he spoke constantly and improvised brilliantly from the moving train to save the Republic. During these pivotal thirteen days before he could take the oath of office, he saw his country up close and forged an unbreakable bond with the American people. Meet one of America’s presidents on the verge of greatness in this historical and literary achievement.
“A Lincoln classic…superb….So much has been written about Abraham Lincoln that it’s rare when a historian discovers an episode in his life that, if fully developed and interpreted, yields important new insights. Ted Widmer has done just that…” —The Washington Post
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