Robert R. Wilson Lecture | Paul Finkelman, How a Railroad Lawyer Became the Great Emancipator

November 14, 2012

Did Lincoln deserve his reputation as the Great Emancipator? Did he free the slaves? Why did he wait so long? What were the consequences of the Emancipation Proclamation? These and other questions will be explored by Paul Finkelman, John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of Legal History, during the Robert R. Wilson Lecture entitled "How a Railroad Lawyer Became the Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln, and the Problem of Ending Slavery."