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VHS presents “The Paradoxical Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln and the Other Thirteenth Amendment”

Daniel Crofts examines a little-known episode in the “Great Emancipator’s” life.

Trevor Dickerson

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From the Virginia Historical Society:

Join us at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) for a Banner Lecture, The Paradoxical Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln and the Other Thirteenth Amendment, by Daniel W. Crofts, on Thursday, September 22, at noon.

Lincoln hated slavery, but he believed it to be legal where it already existed. In 1861, as part of a last-ditch effort to preserve the Union and prevent war, the new president offered to accept a constitutional amendment that barred Congress from interfering with slavery in the slave states. Daniel Crofts examines a little-known episode in the “Great Emancipator’s” life—the hidden history and political maneuvering behind the failed attempt to enact this amendment.

Tickets are $6/adults, $5/seniors, and $4/students and children. Admission is free for VHS members and Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a Press Pass coupon. The Banner Lecture Series is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Tickets are available for sale the day of the lecture. Mr. Crofts will sign copies of his book after the lecture.

Pre-order your signed copy of the book here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.