Abraham Lincoln Institute

& Co-Sponsor

Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C.


Seventeenth Annual Symposium - March 22, 2014

"The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship"

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

2014 Photo Gallery © Bruce Guthrie

Symposium 2014

National Archives I

Special Events Entrance
700 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20408-0001

March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Videos recorded the symposium from start to finish—sometimes without pause. These videos are unedited. Some speakers are on multiple videos.

Rich Lowry
Rich Lowry is the Editor of National Review and the author of Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream--and How We Can Do It Again (Broadside Books, 2013)

Symposium Topic:
"'Work, Work, Work is the Main Thing': The Lincolnian Ethics and the American Dream"

Archives Video

Fred J. Martin
Fred Martin is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Governmental Studies. Previously, Mr. Martin was Senior Vice President & Director of Governmental Relations for Bank of America. Mr. Martin is also author of Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory, which will be released early 2014.

Symposium Topic:
"Lincoln's Long March to Victory in 1864"

Archives Video

John David Smith
John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the author, most recently, of Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013).

Symposium Topic:
"'As Firmly Linked to 'Africanus' as was that of the Celebrated Scipio:' Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and the U.S. Colored Troops"

Archives Video

John Fabian Witt
John Fabian Witt is a professor of law and history at Yale and author of Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press, 2012), which was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Symposium Topic:
"Lincoln's Code: The Puzzle of the Laws of War in American History"

Archives Video - Part I & Archives Video - Part II

Joshua Zeitz  -
Josh Zeitz has taught American history and politics at Cambridge, Princeton and Harvard universities and has written widely on American political culture. He is the author of Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image (Viking, 2014) 

Symposium Topic:
"'We Are Lincoln Men Through and Through:' John Hay, John Nicolay, and the Historical Legacy of Abraham Lincoln"

Archives Video

Speaker Panel  
Speakers answer audience questions. The Q&A session is towards the end of the video.

Archives Video