2021 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series

The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies invites the public to attend the 2021 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series discussion on “Lincoln and Anti-Racism” with professors David Reynolds and James Oakes.

When: Saturday, October 16th at 6pm

Click here to Register to attend virtually!

Details: Reynolds and Oakes will discuss the long and turning path to the abolition of American slavery that has often been attributed to the equivocations and inconsistencies of antislavery leaders, including Lincoln himself. Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS, will moderate and provide an overview. This topic is not only timely in our national discussion, but also provides a historical perspective on freedom, race and emancipation in Lincoln’s time.

Dr. David S. Reynolds, Lecturer

David S. Reynolds is the author or editor of 16 books, most recently “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times” (2020), which was selected as one of the Top 10 Books of the Year of The Wall Street Journal and among the best books of the year of The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews. His previous books include Lincoln’s Selected WritingsMightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for AmericaWalt Whitman’s America; John Brown Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights; Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson; and Beneath the American Renaissance. Three of his books have been listed among the New York Times’s “Notable Books of the Year,” and one has been chosen among The New Yorker’s “Favorite Books of the Year.” He has been interviewed more than 100 times on radio and TV, on shows including NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Weekend Edition, and The Diane Rehm Show; ABC’s The John Batchelor Show; and C-SPAN’s After Words, Brian Lamb’s Book Notes, and Book TV. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal, and is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the World.

Dr. James Oakes, Lecturer

James Oakes, one of the leading historians of 19th century America, has an international reputation for path-breaking scholarship. In a series of influential books and essays, he tackled the history of the United States from the Revolution through the Civil War. His early work focused on the South, examining slavery as an economic and social system that shaped Southern life. His pioneering books include The Ruling Race (1982; 2nd ed., 1998); Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South (1990); The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (2007); and Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865 (2012). The latter two garnered, respectively, the 2008 and 2013 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, an annual award for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln or the American Civil War era. His most recent book is The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution, published by W. W. Norton in January 2021.

The UIS Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2002. It is now known as the Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series after a generous gift was recently given to the university by the Beaumonts. The series is a part of the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies, which opened Feb. 12, 2021. The Center is a national base for scholarship, teaching and public history about Lincoln’s life, leadership and legacy, and gives students an opportunity to collaborate with Lincoln scholars on research, history and public policy projects.

Dr. Michael Burlingame, Moderator

Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at University of Illinois Springfield, is the author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, and Lincoln and the Civil War, as well as the editor of many collections of Lincoln primary source materials. A graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University, he taught at Connecticut College in New London for many years before joining the faculty at University of Illinois Springfield in 2009. That year, The Atlantic rated Abraham Lincoln: A Life one of the five best books of the year, and in the New York Review of Books, the dean of Civil War historians, James McPherson, wrote that Burlingame “knows more about Lincoln than any other living person.”