Lecture | Q&A | Reception & Book Signing
Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. “Abraham Lincoln was born dirt poor, had less than one year of formal schooling, and became the nation’s greatest president,” wrote Harvard’s Dr. John Stauffer, an author and leading scholar on Lincoln, antislavery and social protest movements. On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, shot the 16th President during a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The attack came just five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. Lincoln’s assassination united blacks and whites in the North as never before and “made us kin,” as Frederick Douglass said. Dr. Stauffer calls this “Lincoln’s most enduring legacy: as inspiration for Americans of all stripes to unite and work together to fulfill, finally, the nation’s ideals of freedom and equality of opportunity for all.” Dr. Stauffer’s books are available for sale in the Museum Store. For more details, visit maah.org or call 617.725.0022, x22.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.