54th Annual Throckmorton Memorial Lecture in History
Date: 5:00pm PST February 27 Location: Templeton Campus Center; Council Chambers
Templeton Campus Center; Council Chambers
“Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Meaning of the Civil War” Lecture to be given by NYU Professor of History, Martha Hodes
When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, just days after Union victory, it seemed the whole world was in mourning. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies, and countless expressions of grief were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. But that was only part of the story. Public responses to Lincoln’s assassination have been well chronicled, but prizewinning historian Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of African Americans and white, Yankees and Confederates, men and women, soldiers and civilians, rich and poor, the well-known and the unknown.
Taking us far beyond the headlines, Hodes has read hundreds of diaries, letters, and other personal writings from that fateful spring and summer, to tell a story not only of shock and sorrow, but also of glee, anger, blame, fear, and hope. Illuminating the nation’s first presidential assassination on a human scale, Hodes brings to life a key moment of national uncertainty, when conflicting visions of the country’s future proved irreconcilable. Black freedom, the fate of former Confederates, and the meaning of the Civil War were at stake for everyone, whether they grieved or rejoiced when they heard the news.