In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln spoke in tones interpreted as conciliatory by some and as combative by the secessionist South. Just a few weeks later, Virginia State Senator Chapman Stuart argued that maintaining the Union was the best course to preserve slavery as an institution.
The Kansas City Public Library invites you to read the often surprising words spoken by President Lincoln, Chapman Stuart, and many others as part of a special book discussion series called Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.
Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar-led discussion series that commemorates the sesquicentennial of this conflict with a series of five community conversations, informed by great works of fiction and non-fiction as well as words written by civilians and combatants during the Civil War.
For details and registration instructions for this free program, visit kclibrary.org/civilwar .
Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.