Of course, most of you know that Burlingame recently published his massive 2-volume study of Abraham Lincoln. This talk was recorded at Illinois College on March 26, 2009. Click through the video to get the rest of his talk. In part 3 Burlingame suggests that Lincoln was assassinated by John W. Booth as a result of his suggestion that some blacks should be given the right to vote. He goes on to suggest that Lincoln’s assassiantion should be understood as part of a larger narrative that includes Martin L. King, Medgar Evers, Michael Schwermer and other civil rights advocates. I think he is right about the first point, but I’m not sure I buy the second. Regardless, Burlingame is one of the more thoughtful Lincoln scholars and you are sure to learn something.
Michael Burlingame on Abraham Lincoln
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