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Lincoln and New York: The City That Made Him President
May 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
On February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln took the stage at Cooper Union and delivered a speech before a crowd of 1,500 people. This speech, now often hidden in the shadows of the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural, catapulted Lincoln onto the national stage and helped propel him to the White House just one year later.
Learn why New York was instrumental in creating and sustaining the evolving image of Lincoln as a partisan politician, statesman, wartime commander-in-chief, emancipator, and ultimately, as a martyr to union and liberty.
In addition to the Cooper Union speech, this lecture will explore New York’s influence on the Civil War, the impact of emancipation, and the promotion of Lincoln’s persona as he evolved from an obscure Illinois politician to a national icon.