Civil War Historian William C. Harris Examines Lincoln's Wartime Strategy

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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Civil War Historian William C. Harris Examines Lincoln's Wartime Strategy

The Kansas City Public Library hosts award-winning Civil War historian William C. Harris for a discussion of his new book Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Faced with a divided nation, President 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, Harris argues that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the border region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war.

This presentation previews Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, an exhibit on display at the Central Library beginning November 9, 2011.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.