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      Understanding Lincoln: Life and Legacy of Our 16th President in Erie

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      November 13, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

      3207 State St.
      Erie, Pennsylvania

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      Understanding Lincoln: Life and Legacy of Our 16th President

      Edna Greene Medford, one of the nation’s foremost historians on President Abraham Lincoln,
      is a professor of history at Howard University. She also specializes in 19th century African-
      American history and remains a member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
      Foundation, which honors the president who championed emancipation.
      Medford, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hampton University and the
      University of Illinois, earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland. She is the
      author of Lincoln and Emancipation (2015) and co-author of The Emancipation Proclamation:
      Three Views (2016). Medford also compiled and wrote the introductions to the edited twovolume
      work The Price of Freedom: Slavery and the Civil War - Volume I , and The Price of Freedom:
      Slavery and the Civil War - Volume II , both published in 2000.
      Additionally, Medford, 68, is well-known for taking principled positions, based on research, on
      historical analysis that doesn’t always fit neatly into the preconceived views of historic figures,
      Lincoln included. In a 2009 interview with C-SPAN, Medford discussed the views of race
      regarding Lincoln and the power structure of the time.
      “I think he would have still been very surprised at (President Barack Obama’s election),”
      she said. “(Lincoln) indicated that he would like to see the vote extended to those African-
      Americans who were very intelligent, and the soldiers and sailors who had fought to preserve
      the Union (but not voting rights overall for people of color). Certainly there were people,
      Lincoln included, who would have thought that slavery would have damaged African-
      Americans in terms of enabling them to think logically and to vote.
      “And so he would have anticipated a greater period of time in which they would have learned
      to be good citizens,” Medford continued. “Certainly African-Americans would have disagreed
      with that perception of them, but that certainly was the position of many Americans during
      that period, and Lincoln was no exception. But the fact that he was even suggesting that the
      very intelligent and Black Union veterans should vote was extraordinary.”

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