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"Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter, 1860-1861"

Harold Holzer

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.

About the Authors

Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer is the author of numerous books on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, including "Lincoln at Cooper Union" that was the recipient of the Lincoln Prize in 2005. Mr. Holzer is the chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.


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"Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter, 1860-1861"

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