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Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln's policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his childhood. Join us on Sunday, February 28, 2 pm, at the Allen County Public Library as Professor Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University, speaks on "Lincoln as a Hoosier." Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.
John Wilkes Booth died on April 26, 1865, after a 12-day manhunt following Abraham Lincoln's assassination...or did he? In 1903, a man named David E. George claimed shortly before his death in Oklahoma that he was John Wilkes Booth and had escaped after the Lincoln assassination. After George's death, his body traveled around the country and was a public spectacle for decades. Learn more about Booth's "afterlife" in our new online exhibit, "The Booth Mummy."
The 2015 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, "1863 vs 1865: What a Difference Two Years Made," presented by Lincoln expert and author Harold Holzer, can now be viewed online. View other Lincoln programs held at the Allen County Public Library at Internet Archive.
A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John looks at 20 facts about Abraham Lincoln. Read More
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