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Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

Lincoln and Emancipation:  Presidential Intent at Home and Abroad

Richard Carwardine

During the American Civil War Abraham Lincoln stated that his paramount object was to save the Union, leading many since to question his reputation as “The Great Emancipator.”  Emancipation and the nation’s unity were indivisible in Lincoln's mind, and it was for the fusion and pursuit of these two ideas that British and other foreign progressives of the time esteemed him so highly. What were the international repercussions of Lincoln’s actions? Even more basically, what were his actual motivations?

Richard Carwardine, previously the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, and now President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has a particular interest in the politics and religion of the Civil War era.   His political biography, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, won the Lincoln Prize in 2004.  An essay collection, The Global Lincoln, co-edited with Jay Sexton, appeared in 2011.

This talk was recorded by CSPAN3, and video is available here.