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june, 2021

16jun7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventBattle Hymn of a New Republic: Lincoln & DouglassLincoln, Douglass and the Struggle for Equality in Civil War America and Beyond

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Join Bexley Public Library and the Juneteenth Planning Committee for a community presentation on the continuing struggle over Civil Rights during and after the Civil War and its broader meaning for American democracy in our own time. Richard Newman, professor of History at the Rochester Institute of Technology will discuss the evolving relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, who disagreed on abolitionist policies before the Civil War but became firm allies in the struggle for Black freedom by 1865. After the war and Lincoln’s death, Frederick Douglass used the memory of the Emancipation Proclamation to push for more radical social justice measures. He was not alone. In the late 19th century, Douglass joined other Black abolitionists — including the dynamic brotherly duo from Ohio, John Mercer Langston and Charles Henry Langston — who had long sought to establish equality as the new standard of American society. 

Richard Newman is a professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology and the author or editor of seven books on American history, including most recently Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction (available in print, e-book and audiobook formats).

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