Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
Martin P. Johnson, Miami University, History
To mark Abraham Lincoln’s birthday we stand with him at Gettysburg where he announced “a new birth of freedom” for the nation. Solemn funeral rites for Union dead included ceremonies of prayer and commemoration that provoked Lincoln to openly shed tears of mourning before freshly mounded graves. He had with him a carefully prepared speech, but when speaking was moved to a new urgency and inspiration. Reconstructing Lincoln’s journey to the Gettysburg moment allows a radical vision of the Civil War’s meaning and a new understanding of the American experiment.
- Free public event. Reception to follow.