Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural
In the midst of the tumultuous 2016 election season, we will hear from best-selling, award-winning author Ronald White about the speech Lincoln—our most eloquent president—called “his best effort”. After four years of unspeakable horror, on March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln did not offer the North the victory speech it yearned for, nor did he blame the South solely for the sin of slavery. Rather, in only 701 words, he offered a moral framework for peace and reconciliation. Dr. White will lead you through an examination of the speech in its historical context as well as how it can continue to speak to us today.
About Dr. Ronald White Jr. ’61
Dr. Ronald White the a celebrated author of A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009), a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. His Lincoln biography won a coveted 2009 Christopher Award which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Dr. White is also the author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002), honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (2005), a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University. He has studied at Lincoln Theological College in England, and has been honored with a D. H. L. [Doctor of Humane Letters] from Whitworth University.
In addition to his publications, Dr. White has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Rider University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum.
This event by invitation only.