William C. Harris: Lincoln and the Border States
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Faced with a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln deemed the loyalty of the border slave states crucial to the preservation of the Union. But while most scholars contend that these states were secure by the end of 1861, award-winning historian William C. Harris argues in Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war. The talk previews Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, an exhibit on display at the Central Library beginning November 9, 2011.