Lincoln's Reconstruction (Free Public Lecture)




Free Public Lecture

Lincoln's Reconstruction Experiments

By Dr. Robert May, Ph.D., Professor of History, Purdue University

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

West Lafayette Public Library


Lafayette, Indiana- The Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the West Lafayette Public Library will host Dr. Robert May, Ph.D., Professor of History at Purdue University, in a free public lecture as part of the month- long commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln.  The lecture will be held at the Elm and Walnut Room of the West Lafayette Public Library on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:00 pm.

In his presentation, Professor May will challenge your sense of historical time. That is, he will argue that "Reconstruction" began at the very beginning of the Civil War rather than, as is commonly believed, at its end. His talk will explain Abraham Lincoln's program for readmitting the seceded slave states to the Union, describe how it evolved as the war lengthened, and contrast it with the plans of "radical" members of his own Republican Party who hoped to punish Confederates for the war and totally transform the southern states before allowing them back in the Union. Professor May will remind us that significant policy disputes roiled Civil War Washington much as they do Congress today. 

Professor May has published numerous books and articles in American history, including Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Future of Latin America, a finalist for the 2014 Lincoln Book Prize.




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