First Wednesday Talk to Focus on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

First Wednesday Talk to Focus on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

First Wednesday Talk to Focus on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

Biographer Harold Holzer, recipient of the National Humanities Medal, will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s historic second inaugural address in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on May 1 at 7 p.m. His talk, ‘Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Revisited,’ is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

Historians rank Lincoln’s majestic second inaugural address as one of the greatest political orations in American history. But at the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses, even as the Civil War headed toward Union victory. Holzer will revisit the unforgettable day of March 4, 1865.

One of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, Holzer is a prolific writer and lecturer, and a frequent guest on television. He served for nine years as co-chairman of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), appointed by President Clinton in 2000. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Holzer has written hundreds of articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. His television appearances include C-SPAN, The History Channel, PBS, The Today Show, CNN and others. He lectures before Civil War and Lincoln groups and at museums, colleges and history conferences throughout the country, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the coveted Lincoln Prize. He has authored, co-authored and edited 40 books. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or  visit


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