Thursday, February 12

Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln, the Anti-Slavery Movement

The age-old adage "politics makes strange bedfellows" was just as true during the nineteenth century; and, particularly, during the Civil War, as it is today. President Lincoln, often criticized for not going far enough, and early enough on the issue of slavery, befriended and often sought advice from Owen Lovejoy-described by Lincoln as "the best friend I had in Congress." Lovejoy, a radical abolitionist, Congregational Church minister and attorney, spoke candidly about his willingness to assist fugitive enslaved African Americans-his home an important stop on the Underground Railroad. In their new book, Collaborators for Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy, William and Jane Ann Moore retrace the journey from casual acquaintance in 1854 to deep and abiding friendship between President Lincoln and Reverend Lovejoy and how their relationship impacted the politics of the day. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.