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“Lincoln in the Atlantic World” with Dr. Louise L. Stevenson

The National Civil war Museum will offer its eighth program in our 2019 Lessons in History Speaker Series of twelve free lectures to the public with Dr. Louise L. Stevenson, Professor of History and American Studies, Franklin and Marshall College. This presentation will be held in our Education Gallery, first floor.

About the Program:

Even before New Year's Day, 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation promised freedom to slaves under Confederate control, the Lincoln administration had transformed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans into areas of freedom. No longer would American investors and sea captains capture and coerce people from Africa and China onto ships for transit to Cuba and South America, where they would serve as slaves and indentured laborers. This story demonstrates the global dimension of Lincoln's imagination, and his administration's commitment to free labor. They hoped that only free men would travel as free laborers to free soil-in 1862 they established freedom on the seas.

About the Speaker: 

Louise L. Stevenson is professor of history and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This talk builds on her recent research and extends the project that she began with Lincoln in the Atlantic World (Cambridge University Press, 2015). It demonstrated Lincoln's place in the Atlantic world of republican political activism and reform.

The 2019 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

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