Historian, author here March 29

Monday, March 19, 2007

GALESBURG - Historian James Oakes, author of a new book on Abraham Lincoln and slavery, will give a talk, "Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Anti-Slavery Politics," at 4 p.m. March 29 in the Alumni Room in Old Main at Knox College.

The lecture, sponsored by the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, is free and open to the public.

Oakes, a professor of history in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, recently published "The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics." The book studies the relationship between Douglass, an abolitionist who advocated equal treatment for African-Americans, and Lincoln, a politician who believed that even "the most righteous cause must have the support of public opinion," wrote a reviewer in the Christian Science Monitor.

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