An appearance by Harold Holzer, nationally acclaimed Abraham Lincoln scholar, will launch Salisbury House’s 2008-2009 History Series. Mr. Holzer’s lecture, and the discussion that follows, will be based on his latest book, Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861.
The book chronicles the four months between election and inauguration, when the president-elect made the first critical decision of his coming presidency: there would be no compromise on slavery or secession of the slaveholding states even at the cost of a Civil War. With this decision, says Holzer, Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership as President.
Harold Holzer has authored or co-authored more than 30 books and many articles on the 16th President. He was appointed by President Clinton to co-chair the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, lectures world-wide and is a frequent guest on television programs including C-Span’s Washington Journal, the History Channel, and A&E. He also serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
What makes a great leader? “Julius Caesar” is the title of an April 9 lecture to be presented by Dr. Philip Freeman, who authored a book with the same name. Dr. Freeman’s lecture and discussion reveals how the Roman emperor became a legendary political and military leader and risk taker. According to Publishers Weekly, “Freeman’s cultural and historical knowledge bring the emperor to life and humanize him in a way no writer before him has succeeded in doing.”
Philip Freeman is Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, former visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School and professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several previous books, including St. Patrick of Ireland.
Sponsored by Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey.