Civil War Reflections-Harold Holzer ‘Why Lincoln Matters’
Monday, April 13, 2015 10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Nationally renowned Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer will speak on the topic of “Why Lincoln Matters,” Holzer, who has authored, co-authored or edited 46 books about the nation’s 16th president and the Civil War era, will engage the audience in exploring the connections many Americans have felt – real and imagined, political and emotional – to Abraham Lincoln.
“Ridgefield’s Anna Marie Resseguie clearly had a strong viewpoint on Lincoln,” says Holzer, “but she also had neighbors who quite likely thought very differently about the president at the time. The same dichotomies exist today in people’s reactions to Lincoln, which is why he remains such an intriguing figure, whether you’re a casual reader of history or a politician looking to win an election.”
His remarks will explain how Lincoln’s actions and words have been interpreted and used by politicians and thought leaders up to the present day, “often seeking to consecrate their own policies with his imagined blessing, sometimes inspiringly, sometimes ludicrously,” according to Holzer. The author will be available to autograph books after the lecture.