Next Up: Abraham Lincoln: The Life and Death of a Statesman

May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) – These musings by Brian Schoen will provide a broad overview of Lincoln’s life offering anecdotes from his early days — including time spent as a postmaster and surveyor, and also his death — as seen through the lens of outsiders who memorialized him.  In the process it will offer an analysis of how his broader world view informed the political choices that led him to join the Republican party — and not the nativist Know Nothing alternative — as well as offer some suggestions on what made him a surprisingly effective wartime statesman, both at home and abroad.