Special Zoom March 8th - John Avlon – Lincoln and the Fight for Peace
By David J. Kent
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
The Lincoln Group of DC invites you to a very special ZOOM event on March 8th. CNN anchor and author John Avlon will present on his new book, Lincoln and the Fight for Peace. RSVP on our website: https://www.lincolnian.org/event-details/john-avlon-on-his-latest-book-lincoln-and-the-fight-for-peace
John Avlon is a senior political analyst and anchor on CNN. He recently anchored the CNN mini-series programming on Abraham Lincoln. He has now written a book. Lincoln and the Fight for Peace reveals how Lincoln’s character informed his commitment to unconditional surrender followed by magnanimous peace. Even during the Civil War he refused to retreat from his core belief that there is more that unites us than divides us. But he also understood that the peace needed to be waged with as much intensity as the war. Lincoln’s plan to win the peace is his unfinished symphony, Avlon argues, but in its existing notes, we can find an anthem that can begin to bridge our divisions today.
The Lincoln Group is proud to be able to bring such exceptional programming to its members. In the last year alone, we have hosted some of the most renowned Lincoln historians, and we are much appreciated to John Avlon to take time away from his CNN duties to talk to us on short notice. As members know, we usually don’t hold a separate Lincoln Group meeting in March because we support the annual ALI Symposium at Ford’s Theatre. The 2022 ALI Symposium was intended to be held in person, but last-minute changes have shifted it back to a virtual program that will occur in April (more info on that program on this website soon).
In Avlon’s book, which was released only last week, he looks at Lincoln as a peacemaker. Delving into Lincoln’s plans for Reconstruction, cut short by an assassin’s bullet, Avlon looks at what Lincoln would have done and how Lincoln’s character reflected his quest for a just and lasting peace. The author looks at Reconstruction as Lincoln may have foreseen it, as well as how it played out in a time of “anti-Lincoln.”
This will be a fascinating talk by a noted political analyst. It’s not to be missed. The special event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8th beginning at 6 pm. RSVP now on our website at: https://www.lincolnian.org/event-details/john-avlon-on-his-latest-book-lincoln-and-the-fight-for-peace