American History and cultural scholar Louis P. Masur, from American Studies at Rutgers University will present his new book on the Emancipation Proclamation, 150 years after it was signed and changed the course of American history. Lincoln’s Hundred Days is the first book to tell the full story of the critical period between September 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary Proclamation, and January 1, 1863, when he signed the final, significantly altered, decree. In those tumultuous hundred days, as battlefield deaths mounted, debate raged. Louis Masur commands vast primary sources to portray the daily struggles and enormous consequences of the president’s efforts as Lincoln led a nation through war and toward emancipation. With his deadline looming, Lincoln hesitated and calculated, frustrating friends and foes alike, as he reckoned with the anxieties and expectations of millions. We hear these concerns, from poets, cabinet members and foreign officials, from enlisted men on the front and free blacks as well as slaves.Professor Lous P.Masur specializes in examing the American themes found in a single event, period of history and even in the songs of Bruce Springstein. He has recently published The Civil War: A Concise History (2011), Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision (2010), and The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story That Shocked America (2008).
Author Talk with Louis Masur, American History, Rutgers University
Monday, October 15, 2012, 7:00 pm