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Posted on: September 22, 2022

Abraham Lincoln: America's Greatest Political Orator

On Saturday, October 8th at 2 PM, Fred Nielsen will come to the library to talk about our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

Many consider Abraham Lincoln to be America’s Greatest Political Orator. Whether using humor, lawyer-like reason, or a Biblically-inspired prose that could verge on poetry, he was the nation’s most eloquent president.

Public speaking was an essential part of Abraham Lincoln’s political career. His debates with Stephen Douglas made him a national figure. His speeches as president — especially the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address — helped shape Americans’ understanding of their country and chart a path toward reconciliation after the Civil War. 

Fred Nielsen earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. A member of the history department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 1992, he has taught numerous courses, including environmental history, “The Civil War and Reconstruction,” “America in the Sixties,” and “American History Viewed Right and Left.” From 2001 to 2006, he was an interviewer on “Talking History,” a nationally syndicated radio program.

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