Back Thirteen Days: Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of Presidential Succession

LOA Live with historian Ted Widmer

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 — On February 11, 1861, Abraham Lincoln boarded a train in Springfield, Illinois, bound for Washington and his inauguration as leader of a tragically divided nation. Join historian Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington and editor of Library of America’s two-volume edition of American Speeches, as he explores the President-Elect’s dangerous and transformative journey to greatness while the fate of American democracy hung in the balance.

Presented in partnership with the American Historical Association, ALSCW, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Archives, and the National Council on History Education.

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