Monday, June 22, 2015

Symposium to address post-Lincoln racial issues

An upcoming three-day symposium at the University of Illinois Springfield will advance the concept of "counter-emancipation" following Abraham Lincoln's death as part of his legacy.

The fifth Wepner Symposium on the Lincoln Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship will discuss counter-emancipation's effects on contemporary racial inequality.

Matthew Holden Jr., the Wepner distinguished professor in political science at UIS, said the symposium, to be held Thursday through Saturday at UIS and at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site downtown, will provide a means of thinking carefully about what happened after Lincoln.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

The symposium was featured by The State Journal-Register on June 21, 2015.

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