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(From left) John Avlon, Sidney Blumenthal, Edna Greene Medford, Jon Hirsch and Harold Holzer

Marking Abraham Lincoln’s 212th birthday, Roosevelt House affords a stay Zoom discussion featuring four of Divided Divided the prominent historians who could be featured on-display screen within the new, six-element CNN documentary series Lincoln: Divided we Stand, premiering Sunday, February 14, at 10 PM ET. Also becoming a member of the panel may be the movie’s government producer.

Lincoln—his phrases, his life tale, his achievements, and his flaws—has re-emerged in current weeks as a effective force in American lifestyle: quoted by way of Republicans and Democrats alike at the House and Senate flooring in the aftermath of the January 6 U. S. Capitol insurrection, after which quoted once more by means of President Biden in his inaugural cope with on January 20.

This follows a yr of unparalleled challenge to Lincoln’s longstanding Divided reputation as the best American president—who stored the Union and propelled the destruction of slavery. Yet ultimate Divided summer time, numerous Lincoln statues were defaced, removed from public view, or even toppled.

What can we make of—and study from—the Lincoln legacy inside the 21st Century? What were his real views on slavery and race? How did he perpetuate—or restriction—democracy? What are the instructions to examine from Lincoln’s personal rise from poverty and obscurity? Where do his writings rank in the lexicon of American literature? Why does he nevertheless remain an idea for American leaders and readers?

All those issues can be explored intensive inside the Lincoln collection on Divided CNN. On February 12, join some of the featured pupils to pay attention a preview in their views—and to invite questions of your personal.


John Avlon, senior political analyst for CNN (in which he does the every day “Fact Check” report on New Day), is the writer of Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations and the coming near near book Lincoln’s Farewell.

Sidney Blumenthal, who served as a Clinton White House guide, is writer of the multi-extent biography The Divided Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, which includes: A Self-Made Man, 1809-1849; Wrestling with His Angels, 1849-1856; Divided and All the Powers of Earth, 1856-1860.  

Edna Greene Medford, Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of History at Howard University, is the author of Lincoln and Emancipation and co-author of Emancipating Lincoln: Three Views. She become additionally Director of History at New York’s African Burial Ground undertaking.

Jon Hirsch, executive producer of Lincoln: Divided We Stand, has evolved, produced, and directed severely acclaimed documentaries for CNN, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and HBO, in which he created Sports of the twentieth Century, 24/7, and Hard Knocks.

Harold Holzer, moderator, is the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of Roosevelt House at Hunter College, and the author of Divided 55 books on Lincoln and the Civil War, together with Lincoln and the Power of the Press (2015 Lincoln Prize), and maximum these days, The Presidents vs. the Press.

This event could be held on-line through Zoom. 

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February 12, 2021


five:00 PM


Hunter College








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