Lincoln, Race, and Emancipation: Evenings Upstairs

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

McCracken County Public Library

Led Dr. James Humphreys, Professor of History- Murray State University. To many Americans, Abraham Lincoln was the "great emancipator," a messianic figure, whose loathing of slavery drove him to employ his power as president to dismantle the institution during the Civil War. Actually, the truth behind the stereotypical image of Lincoln is more complex. James Humphreys strips away the myths and half-truths that have obscured Lincoln's ideology on race and his attitude toward black freedom since the president's death a century and a half ago. Humphreys will trace the evolution of Lincoln's thought toward race and emancipation from the time Lincoln was a young politician, through the Civil War, to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865. The Abraham Lincoln, who emerges from Humphreys' presentation, is far more interesting, more nuanced, and more human than the romanticized version of Lincoln as the "great emancipator."

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