Roundtable member Dr Ralph Levy will present a lecture entitled 1860: The Year of the Party of No Compromise or How to Lose an Election. Dr. Levy is a retired primary care physician; He was a hearing officer for the state of New York Department of Health: Office of Professional Medical Conduct for twenty years; He was a member of the Board of directors of The Des Moines University for thirty years and he is currently a Member of the Long Island Civil War Round Table. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his DO from Des Moines University.
He was always interested in history. The Democratic nomination convention of 1860 particularly interested him because Stephen A Douglas, if nominated might have easily defeated William Seward or Lincoln. But the party of no compromise led by Mr. William Yancy, a Fire-eater, prevented his nomination and caused the Democratic Party to split into three parts easily allowing the Republicans to win, insuring a civil war.