February 11-12 Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium Speakers Announced
Please join us in Springfield at the ALA’s annual Benjamin P. Thomas Lincoln Symposium for these free talks!
Saturday February 11, 2017 – in the Old State Capitol at 6:00 p.m.
Daniel Crofts, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, on his new book Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union. (University of North Carolina Press, April 2016).
Sunday February 12, 2017 – in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library atrium [charge for lunch is $30.00; listening is free]
Noah Andre Trudeau, on his new book Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency (March 24 – April 8, 1865) (Savas Beatie, June 2016). Mr. Trudeau is also the author of Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea (2008); Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 (1998); and Gettysburg: Testing of Courage (2002).
Sunday after lunch, upstairs at the Library:
Burt Solomon, on his new murder mystery The Murder of Willie Lincoln (Forge / Tom Doherty Books, Dec. 2016). Mr. Solomon has written about politics for The Atlantic magazine, among other outlets, and has published books on the history of baseball.
And: James Conroy, a Boston attorney whose second book is Lincoln’s White House: An Inside History (Rowman & Littlefield, Jan. 2017). He spoke at the Symposium 2 years ago on his path-breaking book Our One Common Country: The Hampton Roads Peace Conference (Lyons, 2014).
The 2017 banquet speaker will be announced soon.
Tickets to banquet and luncheon will be available to purchase soon.