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7/15/2017 10:16:00 AM
Historian discusses Lincoln's role as political boss

SPRINGFIELD — Everyone knows Abraham Lincoln as the great emancipator, self-made man or even country lawyer. But what about Lincoln as political boss?

Historian Matthew Pinsker will discuss Lincoln’s partisan skills and accomplishments when he visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, July 25.

His presentation, “Boss Lincoln: Understanding Lincoln’s Partisan Leadership,” is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. It takes place in the multi-purpose room of the ALPLM’s library building (112 N. Sixth St., Springfield).

For seats, visit and click on “special event reservations”.

Pinsker teaches history at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and is the author of “Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and The Soldiers’ Home.” He is working on a new study of Lincoln’s organizational skills and the style of partisan command that he developed in Illinois politics.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.

The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.

You can follow the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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