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Tue, Apr 18


Maggiano's Little Italy

Financing the Civil War at

Popular financial writer and author of "Ways and Means" tells how Lincoln and Chase funded the Civil War as the catalyst to centralize the government and accomplish the most far-reaching reform in the country’s history.

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Financing the Civil War at
Financing the Civil War at


Apr 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Maggiano's Little Italy , 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA


About the Event

The Lincoln Group of DC returns to Maggiano's for our April dinner meeting. The speaker is Roger Lowenstein, author of Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War. Lowenstein is a financial journalist who previously reported for The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, the New York Times, Fortune, the Atlantic Monthly, and other venues. His newest book, Ways and Means, won the Harold Holzer Lincoln Forum book prize in 2022 and is a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize to be awarded in April 2023.

Ways and Means digs into how the Civil War was funded. It is a remarkably accessible book on how Lincoln and Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase somehow, against all odds, kept the economy from collapsing while finding creative ways to pay for the massive costs of war. In fact, Lowenstein shows us how the northern economy not only recovered from the initial economic depression caused by loss of southern markets but picked up steam and actually flourished. In contrast, the southern economy continued to fail miserably. Who knew finance could be so interesting?

This dinner meeting will be held at Maggiano's restaurant in Chevy Chase, just steps from ample parking and the Friendship Heights Metro station. Happy hour will start at 5:30 p.m, with dinner to follow by 6:30 pm and the speaker by 7 p.m. Cost is $40 for the dinner, speaker, and special access to Lincoln-related books. Please pre-pay with Dinner Reservation at the blue "Join Now" tab above. A Zoom link starting at 7 p.m. will be up on this page for those members living outside the Washington, DC area at no charge.

Access the meeting on the following Zoom link at 6:45 p.m.:

Lowenstein's other books include the NYT bestsellers Buffett, When Genius Failed, and The End of Wall Street, and the critically acclaimed Origins of the Crash, While America Aged, and America’s Bank.

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