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Even though Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 has been postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it does not stop us from learning about one of Bloomington’s favorite frequent visitors, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is pleased to present a virtual program with Sarah Sullivan, history instructor and chairwoman of the Department of History at McHenry County College, who will present a webinar on “The Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln’s Evolving Views on Slavery.” This free, public program will be presented via Zoom on Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m.
On September 22, 1862 Abraham Lincoln released his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. This Proclamation was both an act of conscience and a masterful political tactic. The Proclamation was congruent with Lincoln’s eventual belief that the slaves should be freed, allowed Lincoln to stay within the bounds of the Constitution, and provided a way to stymie the Confederacy all at the same time. The Emancipation Proclamation was, in Lincoln’s words, “The central act of my administration and the great event of the nineteenth century.”
So how did a man was not an abolitionist end up being the “Great Emancipator?” This presentation will explore how Lincoln transitioned to a view that slavery should be eliminated and was morally wrong, through his political and the (probably) illegal Emancipation Proclamation.
Sarah Sullivan is a full time History instructor at McHenry County College where she has taught history and business classes for over 20 years. She holds advanced degrees in American history, management, and human resources management. She has taught at McHenry County College since 1997. Her special areas of focus include women’s history, the American Revolutionary period, and 19th century political and social history. Sullivan’s interest in Lincoln goes all the way back to a family vacation to Springfield, IL when she was seven. She loves nothing more than telling an intriguing history story!
This program is free and open to the public. To register for this Zoom webinar, please click this link https://bit.ly/2UUNJQD. Questions? Please contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is funded in part by Illinois Humanities. Illinois Humanities activates the humanities through free public programs,grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation,build community, and strengthen civic engagement. Illinois Humanities is a nonprofit organization and the state’s affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.