February 11-12 Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium Speakers Announced


Please join us in Springfield at the ALA’s annual Benjamin P. Thomas Lincoln Symposium for these free talks!


 Saturday February 11, 2017 – in the Old State Capitol at  6:00 p.m.

   Daniel Crofts, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, on his new book Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union.  (University of North Carolina Press, April 2016).


Sunday February 12, 2017 – in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library atrium [charge for lunch is $30.00; listening is free]

  Noah Andre Trudeau, on his new book Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency (March 24 – April 8, 1865)  (Savas Beatie, June 2016).  Mr. Trudeau is also the author of Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea (2008); Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 (1998); and Gettysburg: Testing of Courage (2002).


Sunday after lunch, upstairs at the Library:

Burt Solomon, on his new murder mystery The Murder of Willie Lincoln (Forge / Tom Doherty Books, Dec. 2016).  Mr. Solomon has written about politics for The Atlantic magazine, among other outlets, and has published books on the history of baseball.

 And:  James Conroy, a Boston attorney whose second book is Lincoln’s White House: An Inside History (Rowman & Littlefield, Jan. 2017).  He spoke at the Symposium 2 years ago on his path-breaking book Our One Common Country: The Hampton Roads Peace Conference (Lyons, 2014).


The 2017 banquet speaker will be announced soon.

Tickets to banquet and luncheon will be available to purchase soon. 


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