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VIRTUAL: An Evening
VIRTUAL: An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning Biographer, Jon Meacham, Author of And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.
On Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, Jon Meacham, author of And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

This book tells the story of Lincoln from his birth on the Kentucky frontier in 1809 to his leadership during the Civil War to his tragic assassination in 1865: his rise, his self-education, his loves, his bouts of depression, his political failures, his deepening faith, and his persistent conviction that slavery must end. In a nation shaped by the courage of the enslaved of the era and by the brave witness of Black Americans, Lincoln’s story illustrates the ways and means of politics in a democracy, the roots and durability of racism, and the capacity of conscience to shape events.  

This illuminating new portrait gives us a very human Lincoln—an imperfect man whose moral antislavery commitment, essential to the story of justice in America, began as he grew up in an antislavery Baptist community; who insisted that slavery was a moral evil; and who sought, as he put it, to do right as God gave him to see the right. 

Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, and The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. He is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.  

Copies of And There Was Light will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.    

If you have any questions, please email askus@hudson.lib.oh.us or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.
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