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The Real Abraham Lincoln: A Debate
Tuesday, May 7, 2002

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Held Tuesday, May 7, 2002 At The Independent Institute Conference Center

Speakers
Harry V. Jaffa
Professor of Government; Claremont McKenna University; Author, A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War
Thomas J. DiLorenzoThomas J. DiLorenzo
Professor of Economics; Loyola College of Maryland; Author, The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War

Many Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. Is Lincoln’s reputation deserved? Lincoln defender Harry V. Jaffa (author of the new book, A New Birth of Freedom) will argue that Lincoln was a model statesman who stuck by high-minded principles as he fought to promote liberty. Lincoln critic Thomas DiLorenzo (author of the new book, The Real Lincoln) will argue that Lincoln was a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in American history not to free the slaves, but in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britain’s. Was Lincoln a great hero or a villain? Did he honor the promise of America—or betray it?

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