Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?” Join the University Libraries as noted legal scholar Dr. Paul Finkelman tackles that question, providing his perspective on Lincoln’s role in ending slavery in America. The talk will be Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.
Finkelman, who has appeared in such documentaries as Ken Burns’ “Thomas Jefferson” as well as “Up for Grabs,” a documentary about Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball, is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and nineteenth-century American history. The editor of the comprehensive “The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia” (2009), Finkelman also served as an advisor to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr. Finkelman was a plenary speaker at the 150th anniversary commemoration of John Brown’s raid of Harper Ferry last Fall. He also served as an expert witness in Harvard Law School’s retrial of the Dred Scott v. Sanford case, an event that drew the participation of Kenneth Starr and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Dr. Finkelman’s lecture is the fourth in the University Libraries’ “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” series.