About the Program
Harold Holzer, author of numerous books on Abraham Lincoln, recalls the four months between President Lincoln's election in November 1860 to his inauguration in March 1861. During this time the President was pressured by Republicans and Democrats from throughout the country to maintain the Union. Mr. Holzer contends that President Lincoln's resistance to heed these calls was due to his desire to stop the continuation of slavery and not from his misunderstanding of the seriousness of secession. This event was hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago.