An American historian who writes and lectures about a range of topics including Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, popular culture and visual history.
His latest book is Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction & The Crisis of Reunion. Order it today via the links below.
Masur's previous book, Lincoln's Hundred Days, was awarded the 2013 Lincoln Institute Book Prize.
Louis Masur will be speaking in Toronto as part of One Day University on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Click here for more information.
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LINCOLN'S LAST SPEECH
What did Abraham Lincoln envision when he talked about "reconstruction?" Assassinated in 1865, the president did not have a chance to begin the work of reconciling the North and South, nor to oversee Reconstruction as an official postwar strategy. Yet his final speech, given to thousands gathered in the rain outside the White House on April 11, 1865, gives a clear indication of what Lincoln's postwar policy might have looked like-one that differed dramatically from what would emerge in the tumultuous decade that followed.
"Magisterial. . .Masur’s in-depth research and fluid writing style enables him to make the political and constitutional history of the period come alive. In short, Masur has written a fine work of history that will be of
interest to the lay reader and historian alike."
- Providence Journal
"Masur has provided an engaging, accessible, and cogent overview of an endlessly fascinating, complicated, and important topic. It would be hard
to think of a better brief introduction to the problem of wartime Reconstruction."
- Civil War Monitor