LIBRARY: Harold Holzer at the Hudson Library [3/12]

Join the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. for an in-person author event with historian Harold Holzer, who will discuss his latest book Brought Forth on This Continent

*Registration is required for this in-person event. To register, click here

The book is a groundbreaking account of Lincoln’s grappling with the politics of immigration against the backdrop of the Civil War. Library Journal opines, “An outstanding and important book on Lincoln and immigration. A must for readers of American history and immigration studies.” 

In the three decades before the Civil War, some ten million foreign-born people settled in the United States, forever altering the nation’s demographics, culture, and—perhaps most significantly—voting patterns. America’s newest residents fueled the national economy, but they also wrought enormous changes in the political landscape and exposed an ugly, at times violent, vein of nativist bigotry. Abraham Lincoln’s rise ran parallel to this turmoil; even Lincoln himself did not always rise above it. Tensions over immigration would split and ultimately destroy Lincoln’s Whig Party years before the Civil War. Holzer charts Lincoln’s political career through the lens of immigration, from his role as a member of an increasingly nativist political party to his evolution into an immigration champion, a progression that would come at the same time as he refined his views on abolition and Black citizenship. An utterly captivating and illuminating work, Brought Forth on This Continent assesses Lincoln’s life and legacy in a wholly original way, unveiling remarkable similarities between the nineteenth century and the twenty-first. 

Harold Holzer is the recipient of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize. One of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, Holzer was appointed chairman of the US Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission by President Bill Clinton and awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. He currently serves as the director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York. Registration for this program is required. Copies of Brought Forth on This Continent will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
96 Library Street
Hudson, OH 44236
Brought Forth on This Continent: Abraham Lincoln and American Immigration By Harold Holzer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451489012
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Published: Dutton - February 13th, 2024

From acclaimed Abraham Lincoln historian Harold Holzer, a groundbreaking account of Lincoln’s grappling with the politics of immigration against the backdrop of the Civil War.

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