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2013 McMurtry Lecture by Ron Soodalter now online

If you didn’t get to hear Ron Soodalter deliver this year’s R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture, you can now read a copy by clicking here.  Previous lectures are also available to read at the Lincoln Institute’s website.

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Ron Soodalter to deliver McMurtry lecture on Nov. 1

The Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy and LMU’s Duncan School of Law will host the 2013 R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 1st at 11:00 A.M.  The presentation will be held in the Arnold Auditorium of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, TN.

This year’s lecture is “The Quality of Mercy: Abraham Lincoln and the Power to Pardon,” presented by Ron Soodalter.  Mr. Soodalter holds a B.A. in American History and master’s degrees in Education and American Folk Culture, and has taught in various schools throughout New York State as well as New York City’s Riker’s Island Prison. He worked as curator of a Colorado history museum, where he also served on the Board of Directors of the 10-state Mountain-Plains Museums Conference.

In addition to his two current books – Hanging Captain Gordon and The Slave Next Door – Soodalter’s articles appear frequently in magazines. He has written for several publications, including the New York Times, Smithsonian, Civil War Times, Military History, New York Archives, and True West, and has been a featured columnist for America’s Civil War. He is the recipient of the International Regional Magazine Association’s 2010 Gold Award for History, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

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Lincoln and clemency

The Civil War blog of The New York Times has a piece on Lincoln’s habit of overturning death sentences which crossed his desk, and one notable case in which he refused to intervene.

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