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Conversations on the Civil War, 1865: Abraham Lincoln: Southerner

Dr. O. Vernon Burton

---All Stations: Fri, Mar 20, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Mar 22, 4 pm ---In a remarkable reappraisal of Lincoln, the distinguished historian O. Vernon Burton shows how the president’s authentic Southernness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right to be expanded to all Americans. In the violent decades to follow, the extent of that freedom would be contested but not its central place in what defined the country.

This conversation was recorded before a live audience as part of the series Conversations on the Civil War, sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Humanities and Institute for Southern Studies.

Alfred Turner is a familiar voice to many listeners, having hosted past programs such as The Morning Concert, Standard Time and various specials. He is currently South Carolina Public Radio’s webmaster, and producer for Walter Edgar's Journal South Carolina from A to Z, as well as co-producer of Spoleto Today.