Douglass & Lincoln: “Race in America: From the Civil War to 21st Century America”
February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001 United States
This unique virtual event will feature special appearances by noted period reenactors representing famed 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. This two-hour webinar event have closed captioning with the ability for questions and answers to be submitted.
In 1857, just years before the great bloodletting of the Civil War, abolitionist Frederick Douglass insisted, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening.” Newly elected President Abraham Lincoln hoped to forestall the coming conflict, to avoid the storm. Yet, in his own way, Lincoln came to understand Douglass’s words, writing in the second inaugural, “Fondly do we hope — fervently do we pray — that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-mans’ two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.’”
Join famed Douglass reenactor Michael Crutcher and renowned Lincoln reenactor Howard Wright as they spend an evening exploring the depths of American agitation, the challenge of race during the Civil War Era, and the 21st Century roots that continue to bind us to our past. The evening will be moderated by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.
Sponsored by the Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library and Avon Congregational Church, who thank an anonymous donor for providing the funding for this program.