Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coming October 7th, 2010

A lecture by James Coll; Lincoln and the Constitution. James Coll is an adjunct associate professor of American History at Nassau Community College. Mr. Coll received his B.A. from Hofstra University and his M.A. from Hunter College. In addition to continuing his studies in constitutional history, he has written numerous articles on history-related topics for Newsday, NY Daily News and The New York Sun, among other publications. He is also a detective in the New York City Police Department.

The legal challenges presented by the Civil War remain unparalleled in American history. As a divided nation struggled with the issues of states’ rights and slavery, Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to expand executive power in unprecedented and controversial ways. In this lecture we will discuss how Lincoln led during what he defined as “so grave a matter as the destruction of our national fabric.”