Start the new year by looking back in time
Two experts on the
Civil War era to visit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum in January
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[January 09, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering a chance to
start the new year by looking back in time to one of America's most
fascinating periods. Two experts on the Civil War era will speak at
the museum in January.
Author Brenda Wineapple appears first, on Jan. 16. She wrote
"Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877."
She will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. and speak in the museum's
Union Theater at 6:30.
Wineapple's much-praised book examines a country aiming high and
growing quickly but divided over slavery, an evil that would drag
the country into war. The New York Times declared "Ecstatic Nation"
one of its 100 notable books of 2013 and said, "Wineapple brings
alive the vibrant, imperfect people behind the issues."
On Jan. 30, prize-winning historian Kenneth Martis visits the
Martis has delved deeper than anyone else into all 225 years of
American presidential and congressional election results, publishing
multiple books that analyze the numbers county by county. Martis has
found intriguing patterns, including parallels between Southern
voting in 1860 and 2008.
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Martis, a geography professor emeritus at West Virginia
University, will discuss his work at 6:30 p.m. in Union Theater.
His colorful maps will bring alive the story of the Lincoln
elections of 1860 and 1864 much more vividly than mere numbers
of electoral votes and national vote counts can.
Tickets for both presentations are free, but reservations are
www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on "Special
event tickets," or call 217-558-8934.
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