A gamble that paid off
Author Todd Brewster appears Oct. 14 at
Lincoln Presidential Library to discuss ‘Lincoln’s Gamble’
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[October 09, 2014]
– Issuing the Emancipation Proclamation was certainly the right
thing for Abraham Lincoln to do. But it wasn’t the easy thing as he
faced military setbacks, political roadblocks and questions about
his constitutional authority to free slaves.
Todd Brewster examines this crucial time in “Lincoln’s Gamble:
The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation
Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War.” He’ll discuss
this highly regarded new book at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum on Oct. 14.
The free event begins at 6 p.m. with Brewster signing copies of his
book in the museum’s main plaza. Then at 6:30 he shares his views on
Lincoln and emancipation in the Union Theater.
To make reservations, visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and
click on “special event reservations.” Or call (217) 558-8934.
Publishers Weekly says Brewster “brings elegant clarity to the
tangle of conflicting ideologies, loyalties, and practicalities”
Filmmaker Ken Burns says “Lincoln’s Gamble” succeeds at evoking “the
strategy of our best president to change the terms of the Civil War
and thereby the destiny of his nation."
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Brewster is a veteran journalist who, with the late Peter
Jennings, wrote the best-selling “The Century.”
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (212 N.
Sixth Street, Springfield, Ill.) has welcomed nearly 3.5 million
visitors in less than a decade. Its museum immerses visitors in
Abraham Lincoln's life by combining sound scholarship with
captivating special effects; the library offers researchers an
unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, artifacts and
[Chris Wills, Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library & Museum]