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Lecture on President Lincoln
March 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Dr. Vikam Amar speaks on “President Lincoln and the Scope of Executive Power”
If you want to really understand this Lincoln exhibit, you must come, because Amar zeroes in on its most critical point. Did Lincoln’s use of his executive authority impact our understanding of our American constitution and if so how?
Almost daily the President experienced a barrage of assaults that tested his resolve and demanded his response.
What is a president to do when seven states try to withdraw from the American union even before he takes the oath of office in which he swears to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America”? What is a president to do when the country has a minuscule army scattered all across the land that is melting away? What is a president to do when Americans in Baltimore attack other Americans marching from one railroad station to another? What is a president to do when generals dither about going to battle or finishing off rebel armies? What is a president to do when newspapers for and against his party viciously attack him every time they publish? What is a president to do when four million Americans are just considered “property”?
Finally, 150 years ago, did Lincoln have any lasting effect on our 2015 understanding of the American presidency? The answers are illuminating!
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley and the Danville Library are co-sponsors for this evening.
This event is taking place at the Danville Community Center, 420 Front St., adjacent to the Danville Library
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7 pm
No RSVP necessary. Free of charge.
The Lincoln exhibit is underwritten by the Dean &Margaret Lesher Foundation