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Press Release
January 14, 2013

National Archives Hosts Program on Lincoln, the Civil War and Emancipation January 24

Pulitzer prize–winning author Annette Gordon Reed to moderate expert panel

Washington, DC…On Thursday, January 24, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a discussion titled “Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865.” A distinguished panel argues that for President Lincoln and the Republicans in Congress, the two aims of restoring the Union and ending slavery were intertwined from the very start of the Civil War.

Moderated by Annette Gordon Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, expert panelists include James McPherson, Professor of History Emeritus, Princeton University, and author of Battle Cry of Freedom; Eric Foner, Professor of History, Columbia University, and author of The Firey Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery; Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond, and author of America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries, and James Oaks, Professor of History, City University of New York, and author of Freedom National. A book signing will follow the program. Presented in partnership with the National Archives Afro-American History Society.

This program is part of National Archives’ year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. See a special video, details on upcoming programs and related online resources [www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2013/nr13-20.html]. The 150th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation is presented in part by the Verizon Foundation.

This public program is free, and no registration is required. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is fully accessible. Take Metro’s Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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