IGS Book Talk: Fred Martin Jr. discusses Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00pm to 2:00pm
IGS Library, 109 Moses Hall
UC Berkeley

Please join IGS in celebrating Fred Martin Jr.'s publication of Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory. This special book talk will include an inside look at the book's genesis, as well as a discussion with Martin on his longstanding interest in Abraham Lincoln and his scholarly contributions to the field of American political history.  

Reception to follow.

Book Synopsis

The fate of the Union and the emancipation of slaves were at stake in the national election of 1864. It was the most important election in the history of the United States, and a beacon of hope for the world. As Abraham Lincoln explained: The most reliable indication of public purpose in this country is derived though our popular elections. Lincoln's presidency is taken step by step, and the words quoted are Lincoln's own, and so too the words of opponents and allies. Lincoln took office faced with a bankrupt nation without a currency, a tax structure, a functioning government, or a loyal and effective military. The book addresses Lincoln's oversight of the national reconstruction while functioning as commander-in-chief. This is the story of how Lincoln mastered language, and how his words changed public perspective, drove home emancipation, reignited the ideals of freedom, and saved democratic government. In all he said, Lincoln's words speak freedom to peoples the world over today as in 1864.