Catherine Clinton on "Mary Lincoln’s Assassination" Filson Historical Society, Sept 10, 6:00 pm, Louisville

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September 10, 2015
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Mary Lincoln’s Assassination
Lecture by Dr. Catherine Clinton

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Filson Historical Society event at
The Library at Oxmoor Farm
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208

Free for FHS members - $10.00 for guests - Register online at

In this, the sesquicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s death, Americans are naturally focused on honoring his memory. His legacy remains daunting, and at this moment in Lincoln’s legacy, Catherine Clinton will examine the impact of Lincoln’s death on another key player in the Civil War White House: Mary Lincoln. By considering Mary Todd Lincoln’s experience on the night of Lincoln’s assassination, her subsequent trauma, by examining the scrutiny she endured while in the White House, and particularly while carving out a place for herself as “First Widow,” we can better understand why Mary Todd Lincoln came to be dubbed “The First Lady of Controversy” in the years following her husband’s untimely death.

Catherine Clinton holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is the author and editor of over two dozen books, including Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and the Penguin classic edition of Mary Chesnut’s Diary. She served as a consultant on Spielberg’s Lincoln and is currently researching a study of Civil War soldiers and insanity. Beginning in November 2015, she will serve as President of the Southern Historical Association, and in 2016 LSU Press will publish her Fleming Lectures: Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the Civil War.

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