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Distinguished historian to give lecture on 'The Age of Lincoln' book

RELEASED: June 1, 2011

Vernon Burton
Dr. Vernon Burton

EAU CLAIRE — A distinguished historian and author of "The Age of Lincoln" will give presentations to K-12 teachers and to the general public during a June visit to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Vernon Burton, professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will be on the UW-Eau Claire campus June 15 as a distinguished lecturer in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecture Program.

During the day Burton will meet with the 45 K-12 teaching fellows who are part of the U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Teaching American History's "Constructing Liberty" project. UW-Eau Claire's history department, along with the Chippewa Valley Museum and Cooperative Educational Services Agency 10 in Chippewa Falls, are partners in the statewide teaching and learning history program.

Burton's evening lecture — which is free and open to the public — will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

"The Age of Lincoln" is an original history of the five decades that pivoted around the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. In the book Vernon argues that abolishing slavery, the age's most extraordinary accomplishment, was not its most profound. The enduring legacy of the age was inscribing personal liberty into the nation's millennial aspirations.

In the book Burton shows how the president's Southernness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right protected by the rule of law.

Free parking will be available in the Phillips, Hibbard and Visitor's parking lots during the lecture. Meters are enforced until 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Sheryl Poirier at 715-836-3509 or poiriesj@uwec.edu.

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