The event is free, but reservations must be made by calling
For educators, there will also be a free "Teacher
Talks" session with Carter at 5:30 p.m. in the classroom at the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Reservations may be made by
Carter is the author of "The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln,"
released July 10 -- a vividly imagined work of historical fiction
that captures the emotional tenor of post-Civil War America, a
brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the
always-contentious question of the nature of presidential authority,
and a galvanizing story of political suspense.
The book centers on 21-year-old Abigail Canner, a young black
woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the
law firm that has undertaken Lincoln's defense, and the iron-strong
conviction, learned from her late mother, that "whatever limitations
society might place on ordinary Negroes, they would never apply to
And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every
stratum of Washington society, working side by side with a white
clerk and meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including
the president himself. But when Lincoln's lead counsel is found
brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a
treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest
levels of the divided government.
"I expect a lively question-and-answer session following Stephen
Carter's presentation," said Eileen Mackevich, director of the
presidential library and museum. "For instance, if Lincoln would
have lived, would he have made a positive difference in race
relations and the Reconstruction, or are these issues even larger
than Lincoln? Carter has opened the door to many 'what ifs' by his
carefully crafted works of historical fiction."
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Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale
University, where he has taught since 1982. He is the best-selling
author of "The Emperor of Ocean Park" and "New England White," as
well as seven books of nonfiction.
Born in Washington, D.C., Carter studied law at Yale University
and went on to serve as a law clerk, first on the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia and later for Supreme Court
Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Carter's critically acclaimed nonfiction books on subjects
including affirmative action, the judicial confirmation process and
the place of religion in our legal and political cultures have
earned him fans among luminaries as diverse as Anna Quindlen and
former President Bill Clinton. The New York Times has called him one
of the nation's leading public intellectuals.
An avid chess player, Carter is a life member of the United
States Chess Federation. He and his family live near New Haven,
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