About the Speakers

Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Would Lincoln Get Elected Today?"

In historical rankings of the American Presidents, Abraham Lincoln usually ranks near the very top. But could he get elected today? Join us for a lively lunchtime discussion featuring local scholars:

March 6, 5:30 p.m. Dr. Robert May  “Beyond Kansas: Lincoln’s Election in 1860, Southern Ambitions for a Tropical Slave Empire, and the Coming of the Civil War.”

Dr. May is the author of Manifest Destiny’s Underworld, on which his Lincoln talk is based. A full biography as well as a list of Dr. May's publications can be found here.

Dr. May describes his talk as follows: “[The presentation] revolves around Lincoln’s crucial decision after his election as president to accept civil war rather than make a compromise with the South that might extend and perpetuate slavery. The talk is of particular importance for students in U.S. history, because it deals in some depth with the Missouri Compromise and its importance to the origins of the Republican party and Lincoln’s political ideology.”

Monday, April 2, 5:30 p.m. Dr. Bryon Andreasen “Abraham Lincoln and Wartime Civil Liberties”

Dr. Andreasen is a Research Historian and Interim Director of the Research & Lincoln Collection Division of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois.   His duties at the Presidential Library include researching, writing, and lecturing on Abraham Lincoln and his world, and assisting the Museum’s Executive Director and Library staff on various projects, programs, and conferences.  For many years he served as a historical consultant to the State of Illinois’s “Looking for Lincoln” Heritage Tourism Project.  He is the editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

Dr. Andreasen's talk will cover:

  • Conflict between President Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney over suspending the writ of habeas corpus
  • Boundaries between political dissent and treason in wartime
  • Using military tribunals to try civilians
  • Balancing public safety and constitutional rights

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Last Reviewed: 03/2014